Unite the union has today (25 January) confirmed that it will now hold a consultative ballot of members at Angus Council on changes to their terms and conditions with a view to an industrial action ballot. The move comes in response to Angus Council serving notice on 140 staff who work in Environmental Services that from April household waste will be collected from 6 am until 10 pm. 

The decision by Angus Council will mean that workers will be required to move to a day shift/back shift work pattern.  Unite members have raised concerns about the dangers of operating the service safely and effectively and the negative impact that these changes will have on work-life balance.  Unite also believes that the move by Angus Council will prove to be unpopular with the general public.

Dougie Maguire, Unite Regional Co-ordinating Officer, said: “Despite alternative shift patterns being proposed during extended negotiations between Unite and Angus Council, the changes to contracts and service provision will go ahead.  We are now left with no option other than to ask our members if they wish to take industrial action to defend their terms and conditions.  A consultative ballot is now being held for those members who are affected.“


For more information contact Dougie Maguire on 07810157925.

Notes to editor:

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.