Unison demands guarantees on council jobs

TRADE union Unison has called on North Lanarkshire Council to guarantee there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of this month’s budget cuts.

Branch secretary John Mooney warned councillors that the 7,000 members of Unison will fight to oppose any compulsory redundancies or reductions in pay or hours with 744 jobs set to be axed over the next three years.

He said: “Throughout the budget setting process we made it clear that we would not accept any compulsory redundancies, or reductions in our members pay or hours of work.

“Sadly, we have not had any guarantees on compulsory redundancies, and we have members who will be forced to work term time hours.

“We will fight every step of the way for our members, and we call on them to give us the guarantees that we have asked for.”

Unison stewards will be working within the different services of the council to bring this message directly to our members and to ensure their views are fully taken on board throughout the council’s implementation stage.

Mr Mooney added: “Throughout this era of budget cuts being passed from Westminster to Holyrood to local government there are extensive challenges even for those who are fortunate enough to keep their jobs and current levels of pay.

“Our dedicated public service workers will be left with increased workloads, below-inflation pay rises and a massive attack on working hours and conditions which will damage not just them and their families - but will further threaten the delivery of vital services to our hard pressed communities.”

Unison members can keep up to date with information at the Unison North Lanarkshire website or search for Unison North Lanarkshire on Facebook.

Meanwhile, North Lanarkshire members of Unison are invited to attend the branch’s agm which take place in South Dalziel Studios, Motherwell, on Monday at 6.30pm.

Sean Hanlon, communications officer, said: “The agm is an opportunity for members to find out what the branch has been up to in the past year and elect branch officers for the next year.

“With North Lanarkshire Council recently announcing the cuts, it important, more than ever that members attend and play an active part their union’s democratic structures”

A buffet will be available and access to a bar following the agm to provide a social element.

Members of the branch are asked to confirm their attendance by contacting the branch office on 01698 276291 or by e-mail