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Tories accused of plot to make it cheaper to sack workers

Daily Echo: Lorraine Brown

9:36am Monday 5th December 2011

UNION leaders have accused Tory council chiefs in Southampton of revealing massive £432,000 “golden goodbyes” for two top executives to make it cheaper to sack lower paid workers.

Unions reject 'final proposal' from council

Daily Echo: UNION MEMBERS: Southampton Unite and Unison members marching in the city to protest about Southampton City Council’s proposed pay cuts.

6:00pm Tuesday 22nd November 2011

UNION members have rejected a “final” proposal to end six months of industrial action in Southampton over council pay cuts.

Small union group may scupper council deal

Daily Echo: CIVIC CENTRE: Southampton City Council headquarters.

9:29am Monday 21st November 2011

A FEW dozen union members hold the key to a possible deal to end six months of industrial action in Southampton over pay cuts, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Cost-cutting plans 'are clearly privatisation’

Daily Echo: CIVIC CENTRE: Southampton City Council headquarters.

10:57am Thursday 10th November 2011

WASTE collections, street cleaning and park keeping could be privatised and other services axed under a plan to slash costs by a quarter at Southampton council.

Union to urge rejection of pay deal

Daily Echo: UNION MEMBERS: Southampton Unite and Unison members marching in the city to protest about Southampton City Council’s proposed pay cuts.

10:00am Wednesday 2nd November 2011

COUNCIL workers will today be urged to reject a pay deal that could end six months of industrial action in Southampton.

Union urging council staff to reject pay deal

Daily Echo: Talks to end council dispute

10:40am Wednesday 26th October 2011

UNIONS will urge council workers not to accept a pay proposal to end months of crippling industrial action in Southampton, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Council staff on strike

Daily Echo: Council staff on strike

9:33am Thursday 6th October 2011

UNION members were picketing council workplaces around Southampton today in the largest strike yet in a dispute over cuts to staff pay.

Over 500 apply for bin jobs at council

Daily Echo: A Southampton wheelie bin

12:03pm Thursday 22nd September 2011

MORE than 500 people have applied for 16 new bin collection jobs at Southampton City Council, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Council pay cuts talks resumed

Daily Echo: Tory deputy leader Royston Smith

9:45am Wednesday 14th September 2011

SECRET talks have resumed to end a bitter dispute over pay cuts at Southampton council that sparked a wave of crippling summer strikes.

500 council staff to file unfair dismissal claims

Daily Echo: Talks to end council dispute

9:58am Wednesday 31st August 2011

FIVE hundred council workers have signed up to lodge multi-million pound unfair dismissal claims, saying they were forced to take pay cuts with a “gun to their heads”.

Anger as strike deal collapses

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9:28am Friday 12th August 2011

RESIDENTS associations have condemned the collapse of a possible deal to end strikes in Southampton with one community leader warning the long running dispute was now “destroying” the city’s reputation.

Striking council staff 'risking the sack'

Daily Echo: Social care staff join Unison members on the picket line in Southampton yesterday

9:07am Thursday 11th August 2011

STRIKING council workers have been warned they risk being sacked after resoundingly rejecting the latest attempted pay deal by the council.

Southampton strikes to continue

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2:51pm Wednesday 10th August 2011

SOUTHAMPTON council strikes are set to rumble on after union members voted overwhelmingly to reject the authority's latest proposals on pay cuts.

Vote could see end of city strikes

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10:10am Wednesday 10th August 2011

UNION members are due to vote on a possible breakthrough pay deal that could end crippling strike action in Southampton at a mass meeting today.

Social workers stage walkout

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10:01am Wednesday 3rd August 2011

SOCIAL workers responsible for the care of some of the most vulnerable people in Southampton were today due to become the latest to walk out of work in the increasingly bitter dispute over forced council pay cuts.

Reader vote on council strike action

3:18pm Thursday 28th July 2011

The Daily Echo has removed a ballot for readers to vote on the industrial action by union members at Southampton City Council.

Strike talks - and the city - are 'in a mess'

Daily Echo: Cedar Road, Southampton

10:00am Tuesday 26th July 2011

A FIFTH day of talks between council and union leaders broke up with threats of further strike action in Southampton next week.

More strikes hit city but bin men carry on working

Daily Echo: Talks to end council dispute

8:06am Monday 25th July 2011

COUNCIL workers are back on the picket lines today as union and council leaders resume talks to end the dispute.

Big city clean up begins as more strikes loom

Daily Echo: Above Bar before the clean-up

8:24am Monday 18th July 2011

The big clean up begins in Southampton today as striking binmen and street cleaners return to work.

Talks to end strikes break up without a deal

11:10am Sunday 17th July 2011

FACE-to-face talks between the council and unions to end strike misery in Southampton break up without agreement.

Fresh hope of strike talks

9:58am Friday 15th July 2011

THERE is fresh hope of new talks today to end strike misery in Southampton.

Workers walk out on council leader

Daily Echo: Union members protesting as they march towards Guildhall Square, Southampton yesterday

11:44am Thursday 14th July 2011

ANGRY bin men walked out on a speech by the leader of Southampton council after unions staged a huge protest outside the city’s Guildhall.

Hundreds descend on council in angry protest

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4:20pm Wednesday 13th July 2011

NEARLY one thousand angry Southampton council workers and trade union campaigners descended on the city's Guildhall today in a protest over mass pay cuts.

Council pay protest expected to draw thousands

Daily Echo: Council workers on a previous march in Southampton in protest over pay cuts

12:13pm Wednesday 13th July 2011

ONE thousand angry Southampton council workers and trade union campaigners will lay siege to the Guildhall today.

Council could face £12m legal claims bill

11:57am Tuesday 12th July 2011

UNIONS have launched a £12m legal battle against Southampton City Council over pay cuts imposed on staff.

D-Day for council pay cuts

7:41am Monday 11th July 2011

COUNCIL chiefs are accused of drawing up plans to sack a quarter of the workforce as they bring in controversial mass pay cuts today.

Strikers make musical point with protest song

Daily Echo: The strikers make a musical point with their protest song

8:00am Monday 11th July 2011

STRIKING union members at Southampton City Council are making their point with a protest song.

1,500 jobs need to go at city council, says Labour group leader

Daily Echo: Cllr Richard Williams

11:00am Sunday 10th July 2011

THE leader of the Labour group in Southampton has revealed that up to 1,500 jobs would need to be axed to balance the council books.

Social workers get bonus to stop them quitting

Daily Echo: Somerset LINk group to meet in Yeovil

1:13pm Thursday 7th July 2011

SOCIAL workers at Southampton City Council are being paid a £1,400 bonus to stop them quitting in a dispute over pay cuts.

City covered in one million bin bags

Daily Echo: Overflowing bins in Harborough Road, Southampton

10:33am Thursday 7th July 2011

SOUTHAMPTON is buried beneath about one million bin bags that could take weeks to clear, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Secret strike talks called off

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1:21pm Wednesday 6th July 2011

SECRETLY planned talks aimed at ending strike action in Southampton have been called-off by the council, unions claim.

Port expects little disruption due to strikes

Daily Echo: Silver lining to cloud over port jobs

10:59am Wednesday 6th July 2011

THE firm that runs Southampton’s container terminal has dismissed unions’ claims that strike action will bring the port to a halt.

Unions warn of major disruption to port

Daily Echo: Work is underway

1:35pm Monday 4th July 2011

UNIONS have warned Southampton port faces major disruption in the latest wave of strike action announced for next week.

Arsonists torch mountain of rubbish

Daily Echo: Arsonists torch mountain of rubbish

11:33am Monday 4th July 2011

RESIDENTS were woken by exploding aerosol cans and the noxious smell of burning plastic and chemicals coming from a pile of dumped waste set on fire on a Southampton green.

Street rubbish bonfire called off

1:22pm Saturday 2nd July 2011

A BLOCKADE and massive rubbish bonfire in the middle of a Southampton street was, last night, called off over fears of legal action.

Council leader backs new strike laws in ‘ransom’ claim

Daily Echo: Royston Smith

12:10pm Wednesday 29th June 2011

THE leader of Southampton council is backing tougher strike laws claiming thousands of council staff and residents have been “held to ransom” by the say of 500 union members.

Huge proportion of schools to close due to strikes

Daily Echo: Southampton primary pupils ARE doing much better

11:10am Tuesday 28th June 2011

ALMOST three-quarters of Southampton’s schools will be completely or partly closed by strikes on Thursday.

Librarians join picket protests

Daily Echo: Staff picket at Southampton library this morning.

9:56am Tuesday 28th June 2011

LIBRARIES shut and mountains of rubbish continued to grow as the largest wave of strike action yet was unleashed in Southampton today.

Unions urge council to halt threat of dismissal

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5:43pm Friday 24th June 2011

UNIONS have sent an open letter to Southampton council bosses urging them to suspend notices threatening staff with dismissal in return for a halt in industrial action.

Strike talks break down

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4:40pm Thursday 23rd June 2011

FURTHER strikes loom in Southampton after crunch talks to end industrial action broke down without a deal.

More council strike action announced

Daily Echo: Talks to end council dispute

4:40pm Tuesday 21st June 2011

UNION bosses have announced another wave of strikes as they escalate their bitter dispute with council leaders over plans to cut workers' pay.

Fresh strike dates expected

Daily Echo: Rubbish on Above Bar in Southampton

10:06am Monday 20th June 2011

UNIONS are expected to announce details of more strike action tomorrow as further talks with council are planned this week.

Council claims 'some progress' in ACAS talks to end city strikes

Daily Echo: Rubbish has been mounting up on city streets

7:31pm Thursday 16th June 2011

SOUTHAMPTON City Council claims “some progress” was made today in talks to resolve industrial action in the city.

Lone dust cart begins to clear 'at risk' rubbish in Southampton

5:58pm Thursday 16th June 2011

A DUST cart is sent out to clear "at risk" rubbish piling up across Southampton as unions and the council hold talks to end industrial action.

Workers' 'show of strength' ahead of talks

Daily Echo: Council workers march against the pay cuts

9:50am Tuesday 14th June 2011

UNIONS ramped up the pressure on council chiefs in Southampton with a mass show of strength ahead of crunch talks over staff pay cuts.

Mass protest over council pay cuts

Daily Echo: Council workers protesting today.

1:50pm Monday 13th June 2011

HUNDREDS of Southampton City Council workers have marched through the city centre today in protest at planned pay cuts.

Rubbish strike leads to explosion of vermin

Daily Echo: LOUGHTON: Rat infestation couple's despair as council scrap free pest control

12:00pm Saturday 11th June 2011

BIN strikes are leading to an explosion of vermin on the streets of Southampton, experts have warned.

100 jobs 'may go' if council talks fail

Daily Echo: Council binmen go on strike

12:30pm Friday 10th June 2011

ONE hundred more Southampton City Council workers could lose their jobs if pay cuts are delayed by talks with unions that fail to reach a deal.

Police investigate attack on bin men

Daily Echo: Rubbish has been mounting up on city streets

3:22pm Thursday 9th June 2011

POLICE are investigating an alleged attack on bin men as tensions rise over uncollected rubbish in Southampton.

Binmen on strike in city

Daily Echo: Itchen Bridge toll booth operators and staff in good spirits on the picket line.

2:40pm Wednesday 8th June 2011

REFUSE collectors join striking parking wardens and toll collectors in the latest wave of industrial action against council cuts and confirm another walkout next week.



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