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Unison urges British Waterways to return to negotiations

Unison has called on British Waterways to return to strike negotiations.

30 March 2011

Trade union Unison has urged British Waterways to get back into strike negotiations.

Alongside Unite, the organisation has called on the company, which is responsible for administrating the networks of canals and rivers in the UK, to return to union bargaining.

Unison stated that British Waterways has "consistently ignored" suggestions put forward regarding changes to its pension scheme and petitioned the firm to rethink its plans.

Jane Hamer, national officer for Unison, claimed that the move is nothing more than a "crude cost cutting exercise", paving the way for the organisation to move into the third sector.

"The unions have put forward a number of alternative suggestions, but British Waterways are stubbornly refusing to consider them. We are calling on British Waterways to get back into talks and think again about these damaging plans," she said.

Earlier in the month, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis warned policymakers that the recent march against cuts in London was a "warning shot" to the coalition.

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