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Posted on 1 July 2010 at 0:08 GMT

Neath/Port Talbot Council cuts

Labour controlled Neath/Port Talbot council are threatening to sack its 7000 strong work force and to re-employ them on worse terms and conditions in a brutal attempt to close a 24 million gap in its budget by 2014.

Alec Thraves

The changes would mean cuts in rates for overtime, unsociable hours and shift allowance payments. The council also wants to stop the use of council vehicles for 'home to work' travel, change car allowance mileage rates and stop some meal expenses.

The council's head of human resources said this was a situation faced by every local authority in Wales but Neath/Port Talbot was ahead of most in trying to tackle it.

The message is clear to all council workers in Wales that if Neath/Port Talbot council get away with these cuts then other councils will follow them.

UNISON, which represents 3000 of the council staff, said the authority was 'negotiating with a gun to its head'.

Unfortunately, the council are pushing ahead with around 750 voluntary redundancies and have implemented chrages for council staff parking but as expected these are not enough for a Labour council determined to implement further cuts. Understandably some members are hopeful that if they give some concessions their jobs could be saved and most of their terms and conditions retained. As this threat of mass sackings have shown - No Chance!

Emergency meetings

UNISON has called emergency meetings of its members next week to respond to the council's declaration of war.

If the wages, terms and conditions of council workers are to be retained there has to be an immediate strike ballot organised by the council unions in response to this provocation.

It's a disgrace that a Labour controlled council is the first in Wales to go on this vicious offensive against low paid workers.

Neat/Port Talbot council workers must not be left isolated to fight a battle that will be coming to every local authority in Wales in the near future.

Local authority unions across Wales should convene an emergency conference of shop stewards and union reps to discuss a common, united strategy to defeat these attacks.

As well as preparing for industrial action, local authority trade unions should start linking up with community campaigners, private sector unions and the general public, who will all be affected by these council cuts.

Calls must be made on the Labour/Plaid Welsh Assembly government to refuse to implement the Con/Dem cuts and stand alongside the trade unions and anti cuts campaigners in defending the public sector in Wales.

Like the 'Militant' led Liverpool Labour Council in the 80's who stood up against Thatcher's cuts, councils in Wales, along with the Welsh Assembly government, should determine what cash is needed to effectively run our services and take on the new Tory led government to fight for it!

The only other alternative is to make council workers and those who rely on their services, the most vulnerable in society pay the price for the banker's crisis.

The fight back against the decimation of our public sector in Wales starts now!

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