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Industrial Action Ballot At North Lanarkshire Council

Monday, July 25, 2016
Overwhelming Support For Industrial Action Over North Lanarkshire Cleansing Cuts

This consultative ballot result sends out a clear message to the council that our members will strongly resist the imposition of further cuts to their livelihoods says GMB Scotland.

GMB Scotland members in North Lanarkshire Council’s (NLC) Regeneration and Environmental Services will undertake a formal ballot for industrial action after overwhelming support to resist cuts to terms and conditions prompted by a job re-evaluation process.

In a consultative ballot, 96 per cent of members on an 87 per cent turnout supported proposals for an overtime ban and a ‘work to rule’ in response to imposed changes to pay grades, job descriptions and working time arrangements.

The proposed changes to terms and conditions affect around 120 workers who are among the lowest paid in the council and industrial action will impact key services including refuse, recycling, street cleaning and waste control.

GMB Scotland Organiser Ude Adigwe said: “This consultative ballot result sends out a clear message to the council that our members will strongly resist the imposition of further cuts to their livelihoods.

Our members have been clinging-on at the coal face of austerity while their wages, jobs and services have been stripped back to the bare bones, leaving them undervalued and overworked.

This cannot continue unchallenged and unless the council is prepared to sit down and negotiate in the proper manner then it looks certain that we will be in a dispute affecting cleansing services across the council within weeks.”

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Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Ude Adigwe on 07912 560805 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

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