UNISON members at Nottinghamshire County Council are currently being balloted on strike action as part of a union campaign to prevent unprecedented job and service cuts. The ballot closes on 15 February.
In a consultation exercise earlier this year, UNISON members voted by 2 to 1 to move to a formal ballot. If members approve industrial action, then the strike will be called to coincide with a public rally and demonstration planned for Thursday 24 February 2011 – the date councillors meet at County Hall to set the budget.
Martin Sleath, Nottinghamshire UNISON Joint Branch Secretary said:
“Tory-led Nottinghamshire County Council is making a political choice to close day care centres, sell of elderly people homes, and privatise services.
It has £159 million in reserves, yet plans to spend £60million on redundancies rather than on maintaining services. UNISON members are sick of hearing ‘there is no alternative’ to these cuts, when the Government has told councils to use reserves to protect vital services.
The scale of the cuts will hit all communities, and add further misery on families as 2,500 staff face the sack. We call on the council to halt the plans and talk to UNISON about proper alternatives to draconian and permanent cuts.”