Report this comment
  • "
    Paramjit Bahia wrote:
    IronLady2010 wrote:
    Barmy, sorry I can't spell your name, but you say the workers have been left no choice but to Take Industrial Action???

    Please tell me, are they being threatened by the Union bosses? Of course they have a choice. Bin Men have surely been lifted out of the pay cuts OR they are being over paid.

    Wake me up when this is all over as it's getting very boring now. I feel for those EXTRA workers who will have no job in order to make the Union fat cats happy. Only another 1000 job losses to come if Unions get their way.........
    Iron Lady, I am not surprised about your lack of ability to even copy somebody’s name from the screen right under your stuck up snobbish Tory trunk
    If that kind of ability reflects throughout the self confessed ‘Nasty Party’ of you which appear to be the mouth piece for on this site, it is hardly surprising under their control Southampton Council can’t negotiate a reasonable agreement with its workforce
    Iron Lady, we are aware that the other woman who was also known by similar name has started to become the victim of some serious health problems, but I wonder if you too have started to lose your marbles (That is if in your case there were any in the very first place!)
    You have got to be hallucinating to believe that what you describe as union bosses (which in fact do not exist apart from in your thick Tory head, because all the union officials are democratically elected by their members who elect officials not bosses, which may be Tory tradition) could threaten the grass root membership
    Are you suffering from memory loss of convenience, for overlooking the fact that trade unions in Britain operate under some of the tightest laws introduced during your own Maggie Thatcher’s time? Or are you suggesting that she was so stupid that she left the loopholes in laws that may allow what you call “union bosses’ get away with threatening their members?
    I suggest you pour yourself a drink and tune into BBC2, and watch 'Secret Pakistan' to find out how your darlings in government are wasting our money by giving to a country, which is in fact damaging British interests and proving to be danger to the lives of our brave men and women in Afghanistan, sent there by HM's Government. If possible try to think why the same government can’t use that wasted wealth in helping the local councils meet their bills?
    Paramjit have you not read any of Ironlady's previous posts?
    she quite clearly states she has not voted tory but will do in the May elections so saying she has a stuck up Tory trunk shows exactly what a bigot you are.
    she may come from Ocean Village but surely if she & her husband want to put their money into living in an area that's their right.
    you go on about the government putting money into Pakistan? how many Pakistani's would like to get hold of you right now? how is this any different to the monies we plough into India? surely all that money should be stopped as India aren't exactly poor are they?
    Let's get to the subject of the union hasn't said the councils made it all up & even though they can't recommend it as they had hoped for more they have done the honourable thing & left it to their members which i salute.
    then we have the smaller union Unite coming away from a meeting with the council & unison saying vote against it,we didn't agree with any of it.funny Unison never said that so exactly what meeting did Unite attend?
    Was it with Southy & the rest of the TUSC ? because quite clearly it wasn't the same meeting Unison attended or they would be saying the same thing & no agreement would have taken place & maybe those bin men & council workers who continue strike action could have ended up looking for work as the council has 685 names for 16 jobs so nows the time for the unions to settle or put all their members future at risk"
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Union to urge rejection of pay deal to end industrial action at Southampton City Council

Union to urge rejection of pay deal to end industrial action

Union to urge rejection of pay deal to end industrial action

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

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

One of two main unions, Unite, will recommend its members reject a proposal that could settle the bitter row over staff pay cuts brought in under threat of dismissal in July. It brought three months of strike chaos to the city. Work-to rule action is ongoing.

Unite regional officer Ian Woodland said the proposal was “unacceptable” as it would set aside a £12m legal claim that the council’s failed to fully consult over it dismissal plans.

The larger Unison union said the proposal was the best it could negotiate but is not urging its members to vote either way.

The proposal will be presented to up to 2,400 union members at a series of joint Unison and Unite meetings at Above Bar Church and the Civic Centre. They will then make up their own minds in a secret postal ballot beginning on Friday.

Unions will also the discuss Tory-run council budget plans, which would see 217 more jobs axed next year.

Council and union leaders agreed the basis for the negotiated settlement to reverse some of the pay cuts imposed on thousands of staff during peace talks three weeks ago.

Council leader Cllr Royston Smith has since accused Unite leaders of breaking an agreement that they would recommend the proposal to members. Mr Woodland denied there was any such agreement.

The proposal would see half of the council workforce – those earning under £22,000 including the majority bin men - lifted out of pay cuts of between two and 5.5 per cent forced on council staff earnings over £17,500. Others would have some of the pay cuts restored.

The council maintains the pay cuts will protect 400 jobs as it seeks to save £75m over four years following Government funding cuts.

Meanwhile more talks were due to be held today between unions and the Government over increased pension contributions by public sector workers. Unions have threatened a nationwide strike on November 30.

Comments (28)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree