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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 August 2010

Kirklees Unison strike ballot launched

Kirklees Unison has launched a formal industrial action ballot, to begin strike action in September to challenge the council's headlong rush into some of the most swingeing cuts in living memory.

Huddersfield Socialist Party members

Last year, the council promised to cut 250-400 million from the budget, with 2,000 job losses. It has tried to lure workers from their jobs with offers of redundancy and early retirement, but so far only a few hundred workers have taken up the 'offer'. Now the council, with a minority Labour leadership, it is setting out to tear up just about every local agreement in the book. So far it has:

The local Unison branch is organising workplace meetings across the borough to encourage a big 'yes' vote and a big turnout. Inevitably there are questions about the chances of pushing the council back and whether members can afford to strike. However there is a growing realisation that we have no choice.

The union is also organising weekly campaigning stalls to rally the public behind the action and has called a demonstration on 11 September in Huddersfield as a focal point.

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