Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/12239

Posted on 17 June 2011 at 18:18 GMT

Leeds Unison urges members to reject council's final offer

A Leeds Unison member
Unison members in Wales protest against privatisation, photo Socialist Party Wales

Unison members in Wales protest against privatisation, photo Socialist Party Wales

At present all Unison members in Leeds City Council are being balloted on the council's final proposal for cuts. The unions first balloted in February, with the Joint TUC rejecting the offer but continuing to negotiate.

After the employer made slight concessions on what activists describe as a poor deal, the unions are now being asked to consult their members on the 'final' proposals, with no alternative on offer.

This situation in Leeds Unison has arisen not only because the council has refused to make further concessions on parts of the offer but as well because the GMB, also with a large membership, had already begun to ballot its members.

What is significant however, is the changing mood amongst the activists. Prior to this development, at an all-stewards meeting last month, the Unison leadership spent most of its time undermining the mood for strike action.

Despite this, activists voted against doing nothing, with speaker after speaker describing what the offer really means for their members.

Shamefully our Labour-led council has already rubber-stamped 90 million of cuts in February and is proposing a further 47 million for next year. With wages making up almost half (442 million) of total expenditure, the council intends to cut up to 3,000 jobs over four years with around 1,000 already leaving this year through its Early Leavers Initiative.

A key sticking point for the unions has been the council's intended changes to its redeployment procedure (Managing Workforce Change). It intends to reduce the time from 12 months and three months notice, a total of 15 months currently, to nine months from July, and from April 2012 to six months.

It also wants to reduce the period of pay protection staff have in the event they lose their job and are put into a lower grade, from three years to one year.

The redeployment policy was designed to protect staff from redundancy but with these reductions the employer is able get rid of staff much more readily without commitment to 'no compulsory redundancies'.

Indeed, these proposals represent the biggest attack on jobs, pay and conditions to council employees seen in decades and the effects of these cuts are becoming painfully clear, with the threats of closure to adult mental health centres, Leeds Crisis Centre, care homes for the elderly and libraries.

With children's and adults' social services forced to contract, share services or be outsourced, closed or privatised it is the frontline services that our members proudly deliver that will suffer, which will have a detrimental impact on the population of Leeds.

Our employer has always been intent on implementing these cuts. However, it is imperative that all the unions must jointly organise and campaign for members to vote a decisive 'no' to these proposals, and in doing so build support for coordinated industrial action through protest lobbies and local demonstrations.

Only decisive action can defeat the cuts. The ballot ends on Monday 27 June.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 17 June 2011 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Leeds:

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

triangleLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'

triangleWhy I joined: I wanted to change things

Unison:

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

triangleSurrey County Council staff on collision course over pay freeze

Council:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Cuts:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

Pay:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

Jobs:

triangleNationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

Redundancies:

triangleThree week Argos strike ends

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2