The proposals involve a freeze on pay increments, changes to the sick pay scheme and cuts to the car user scheme. Staff have already been required to take unpaid leave due to the Council’s financial difficulties.
The affected staff provide vital services for people in Oldham – support for children and families, parks and gardens, advice and guidance, waste disposal and street cleansing.
Julie Finnegan, Branch Secretary for Oldham UNISON said:
“It’s already hard for people to make ends meet. We have had three years of pay freezes while the cost of living has risen dramatically. The proposed cuts will cause real difficulty for working people in Oldham.”
“We know that the cuts to the amount of money that the Council has to spend mean major changes to services. We are working to keep delivering these services with fewer resources and under great pressure.”
Lizanne Devonport, Regional Organiser for UNISON North West said:
“It is not fair to keep attacking the living standards of people providing valuable public services. This will add to the cost of living crisis faced by many households and will have a negative impact on the local economy. We want to continue to work with the Council to protect living standards and public services in Oldham.”
Last night, UNISON representatives were invited inside by council leader Jim McMahon. Further talks will take place on Thursday where it is hoped an early resolution to the dispute can be reached.