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Strike negotiations 'set to end Southampton dispute'

Workers have been striking for nearly 12 weeks in Southampton.

10 August 2011

Strike negotiations may be set to bring an end to almost 12 weeks of industrial action in Southampton.

Council staff took to the picket line over prospective pay reductions, but a new package of proposals is now being voted on, the Southern Daily Echo reports.

Bin men, street cleaners and other council workers have taken to the picket line over the course of the last three months as they fight a drop in their income.

Mike Tucker, branch secretary at Unison - which has over 1.3 million members in the UK - said: "The union members will determine what response to give to the council's proposals. It's the best we've been able to negotiate yet."

Council leader Councillor Royston Smith - a member of the Conservative party - insists the pay cuts are essential in order to save £75 million over the next four years.

So far, over 450 Unison and Unite members have taken part in demonstrations in Southampton.

Posted by David Gleck

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