Unite the Union has today (Wednesday 6 June) announced that its membership at East Dunbartonshire Council have resoundingly voted for industrial action.
91.7 per cent voted for industrial action on a turnout of 59 percent, with 95.2 per cent prepared to take action short of a strike. Unite has around 800 members at the local authority who are now scheduled to take part in industrial action over four days.
The first in a series of 24 hours strike action is scheduled from 12.01am on Thursday 21st June until 12 Midnight on Friday 22nd June. A further two days action is then scheduled to take place from 12.01am on Monday 25th June until 12 midnight on Tuesday 26th June.
The dispute centres on East Dunbartonshire Council’s proposals to cut the terms and conditions of the workforce including a reduction of three days annual leave, the removal of enhanced overtime rates, extension of the working day and cuts to facilities management cleaning, which will significantly impact on the terms and conditions of our lowest paid members.
Kenny Jordan, Unite industrial officer said: “Unite members at East Dunbartonshire Council have shown their resolution by strongly voting for industrial action. The savage cuts being proposed to terms and conditions, and making our members work harder and longer for less will not go unopposed.
If there are efficiencies to be made, then they should be sought elsewhere and not from the hardest working and lowest paid workers who are already stretched to the brink while trying to do their very best for the people of East Dunbartonshire”.
For more information contact Kenny Jordan (07931559636)