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Unite 'to discuss potential action'

Action could take place following government proposals.

21 January 2011

Union bargaining may prove useful as two mass meetings of city council staff in Manchester are set to be held to discuss plans to cut 2,000 jobs.

Around 900 members of the Unite union will be balloted about whether they want to take strike action at proposals to slash the staff by 17 per cent.

Unite has suggested the cuts will have a "savage" effect on services in the north-west city and meetings are taking place today (January 21st) and tomorrow morning.

Keith Hutson, Unite regional officer, stated its members are "very angry" at the scale of the cuts in Manchester and "the severe impact it will have on services to some of the most vulnerable groups in society and on their own livelihoods".

He added the organisation plans to co-ordinate its actions with other trade unions and community groups.

Union bargaining may also prove useful in resolving issues for Jobcentre plus, with a number of staff currently on strike.  

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