Carmarthenshire: Winter gritting dispute

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Our branch had every confidence in our members that they would vote to take industrial action. This was due to the strength of the feeling of being undervalued by the Plaid Cymru-led Carmarthenshire County Council for the hard and dangerous work that they do in keeping the public safe on the highways and byways.

Our members have sent a clear message to the council of what they thought about the council’s ‘final offer’. The council should stop providing this statutory service on the cheap and pay significantly more in retainer payments to employees carrying out winter gritting.

Representatives of all the unions – Unison, GMB and Unite – will be meeting shortly to plan out the action we will be taking to encourage the employer to significantly increase its ‘final offer’.

Unison ballot result:

  • Turnout – 84.2%
  • Number voting yes to strike action and action short of strike action – 100%
Mark Evans, branch secretary, Carmarthenshire County Unison

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