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Strike negotiations to take place to resolve council dispute?

Strike negotiations could be on the cards as part of potential job loss plans at a city council.

24 February 2011

Potential job losses at Manchester city council could lead to strike negotiations between the authority and members of the Unite union.

According to the union, members who work at the council have shown "very real anger" in a ballot consulting them over the possibility of strike action.

Manchester city council recently announced plans to cut more than 2,000 jobs as local authorities across the country struggle with reduced budgets.

National officer for local authorities at Unite Peter Allenson said that there is much anger within the union over the proposed cuts, which members believe will have a "severe" impact on services.

"The city council needs to take note that our members will not take the decimation of local government services lying down," he said.

The Unite Union is the largest in Britain and Ireland, with some 1.5 million members across a wide range of workplaces. It was formed when Amicus merged with the Transport and General Workers Union in 2007.

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