Over 600 members braved the cold to demonstrate against Council plans for major redundancies and attacks on terms and conditions in a fantastic show of strength by UNISON. Congratulations must go to our Wirral branch officers for organising such a successful lobby with just a couple of days notice.
Wirral Council is facing savage cuts to its budget imposed by the Tory-led coalition government, with over £100M to be cut over the next 3 years. The Council will soon be considered budget options to cut a massive £39M from the budget in the next financial year.
Amongst the proposals already announced is a 33% cut in managerial posts, a pay cut via the imposition of 4 days unpaid leave for all staff for the next three years, the removal of essential car user allowance, and the removal of enhanced rates for weekend and evening working.
In addition, it is expected that nearly 3000 staff will receive notices next week informing them that they are at risk of redundancy.
Joe Taylor, Wirral UNISON Branch Secretary, was allowed to address the Cabinet meeting in a packed meeting in Wallasey Town Hall. To cheers from the hundreds of UNISON members who packed the meeting, Joe stated: “These attacks on our members are unacceptable. These proposals will throw hundreds of our members on to the dole and other proposals could see some of our members losing nearly £3000 per year. The Council must think again.”
Earlier in the week Wirral UNISON Branch Committee unanimously passed a motion calling for a major campaign against the Council’s proposals and to seek a ballot for industrial action should the Council press ahead with their proposals.