A dozen council tax benefit managers at Newham council have suspended their strike next week for further talks to take place, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said tonight (Friday 24 January).

The staff were due to strike on Monday (27 January) until Friday (31 January) – but this has now been suspended.

The dispute centres on council bosses failing to properly implement a job evaluation scheme, which, Unite says, has led to the managers being incorrectly graded – with individual staff losing an estimated £4,000-a-year since 2011.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Following constructive talks today, Unite has suspended next week’s strike for further negotiations to take place. We won’t be commenting further until those talks have concluded.”

Unite’s members are based at Barking Road, East Ham, London, E6 2RT and voted unanimously for strike action.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065
Email: [email protected]

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.