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Strike negotiations to stop Unison action?

Unison has said that money will not be an issue for workers participating in strikes in Southampton.

11 July 2011

Money will not be a factor in the ongoing dispute between Unison and the government.

According to the Daily Echo, some £20 million is available nationally to finance more industrial action.

If strike negotiations fail to prevent further protests taking place, then a number of council workers might look to get some of the money.

A national Unison spokeswoman stated: "The hardship fund is available for those that need it."

Up to 2,400 council staff have taken to the picket line in Southampton over a seven-week face-off to do with pay cuts.

Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, told the paper: "This dispute sends an important message to Southampton council bosses … that workers will not take this treatment lying down."

Council leader Royston Smith observed the reductions in pay would save up to 400 jobs and it is hoped that union bargaining can bring the current impasse to an end.

Posted be Edel Quinn

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