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  • "A blatant attack by Royston to yet again put down the workers by making it harder for them to be supported and gain advice.

    Honestly this man wont be happy until the 'servants of the council' have no ounce of enthusiasm left for working in the public sector, and then he can sell it all off privately and screw the entire city over.

    The jumped up garden gnome needs to have a reality check and be put in his place!"
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Taxpayer funded union officials review ruled out at Southampton City Council

Southampton Civic Centre

Southampton Civic Centre

First published in Politics

Labour and Lib Dem councillors have refused to back a review of taxpayer funded union officials at Southampton City Council.

As previously reported, Conservative councillors have threatened to end the public funding of two full-time union posts and stop giving unions use of council offices, estimated to be worth up to £90,000 a year.

Opposition councillors refused to back the move, saying it was poorly timed and would sour industrial relations.

Labour said union reps saved the council money by helping to resolve employment disputes early.

Unions have called the proposal a “vindictive attack” by council leader Royston Smith after members launched industrial action over pay cuts imposed on council workers last summer.

Cllr Smith denied the charge and said the council would continue to give union officials time off to perform their duties.

But he said it was not right that tens of thousands of pounds of city taxpayers’ money was funding union officials to represent 2,500 members at the council.

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