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Leeds Builders Strike Ballot

Friday, June 28, 2013

GMB Strike Ballot At Morrison Contract For Leeds City Council Over Cuts To Pay And Conditions Of Employment

In the wake of changes which could have severe repercussions on our member’s living standards we really cannot allow such attacks to go unchallenged says GMB

GMB, Unite & UCATT trade unions will commence respective ballots for industrial action on Friday 28th June following a breakdown in talks with building maintenance firm Morrison Facilities Services Ltd.  The GMB ballot closes 12th July.

Morrison, recently taken over by Mears Group, won the contract from Leeds City Council in April 2011 for the upkeep of the social housing stock across the city.

The dispute centres on three issues, new pay arrangements, imposed changes to terms and conditions of employment and a failure to consult on the full extent of jobs at risk and redundancy. The dispute arises now because the workforce have had enough of restructures, redundancies and detrimental changes to terms and conditions.

The final straw sees the implementation of a new performance related pay scheme in July which could see pay drop dramatically for a large section of the workforce and in some instances result in reductions of up to 40 per cent of earnings.

Rachel Dix, GMB Regional Officer says 'It is with regret that we now embark on a ballot for industrial action but in the wake of changes which could have severe repercussions on our member’s living standards, we really have no other options.

The members have been incredibly patient over the last few months given the immense pressures and uncertainty they are facing.

We have sought and continue to seek clarification on the meaning of company intentions and we do want to reach a resolution with Morrison but in the absence of concrete reassurances our membership have said that they are not prepared to stand by and allow such attacks to go unchallenged.

Our door remains open and we are hopeful that talks will be constructive in the forthcoming weeks. We have a lot of work to do - the workers' trust in their employer has all but been shattered.

Apart from the three main issue in dispute there are also huge implications regarding the value of pensions as the company look to remove performance pay from pension calculations, impacting then on later life as well as in the here and now. This is not acceptable. We cannot let this go.”

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Contact Rachel Dix on 07958 156 839 or Neil Derrick 07958 156 832 or 01924 882255

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