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Industrial action for Bolton Council?

Bolton Council could be faced with striking workers following a letter sent to its staff by union Unison.

26 January 2011

Bolton Council could soon be in need of union bargaining strategies after Unison wrote to the employer's workers asking them to consider industrial action.

Its missive is a reaction to plans to cut up to 1,500 jobs after government spending reductions forced a 25 per cent drop in funding to the authority over the last two years.

According to a representative of the union, Bernie Gallagher, the letter is a "consultative ballot" to assess the lengths to which workers would be willing to go.

"Although Bolton Council has said it will do everything it can to mitigate against enforced job losses, the sheer scale of the cuts makes compulsory redundancies inevitable," he said.

Unison has started a 90-day consultation period to try and reach an agreement on the matter.

This comes after Unison announced that its members at Great Western Ambulance had voted to strike next week over pay cuts and changes to shift patterns.  

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