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Fresh strikes loom as pay row drags on

Unison's Wyre Council steward Arnie Dickinson (far right) with member Steve Oxley signing up a new member while on strike in a row over pay conditions.

Unison's Wyre Council steward Arnie Dickinson (far right) with member Steve Oxley signing up a new member while on strike in a row over pay conditions.

A union leader has warned fresh strikes could be called by council staff in Wyre as part of an ongoing dispute over pay.

Following major disruption this month when several unions joined forces for a day of industrial action, Unison’s steward for Wyre Council said further strikes are on the cards.

Arnie Dickinson, based in Fleetwood, said: “It could definitely happen again, unless employers are willing to invite us in and talk around the table.

“I’m led to believe this could occur in September although there are no dates yet.”

Between 15 and 20 per cent of Wyre Council’s 380 staff took part in the strikes on July 10. A council spokesman said at the time a handful of services had been affected.

Mr Dickinson claims unfair pay conditions meant some staff are forced to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet.

And with reports of council workers around the country having to turn to food banks, he said he knew of one such case in Wyre.

“Nationally that’s what people are having to do and I do recall hearing of one person that has done here,” he added.

“We feel there is plenty of money around – it is just not in the right places.

“Last week we started picketing at 5am and we got a good response from the public.”

Unison claims council staff have been hit by a pay cut in real terms over recent years.

It has called for a £1 an hour pay rise, which it says would help boost local economies.

Wyre Council declined to comment on the matter.

Major disruption caused by mass strikes over pay

Four years of below-inflation pay rises were blamed for a mass walk-out last week that caused disruption to public services across the country.
Unite, Unison, the PCS and NUT members all took part in strike action on July 10 amid changes to pensions and cuts to jobs and services on the back of reduced government funding.
Firefighters also joined the walk-out, which saw some public services affected and several schools fully or partially closed.

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