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Action for Children workers balloted over strike

Individuals are going to be asked if they want to go on strike over a new pay deal.

06 October 2011

Workers at the Action for Children charity have been balloted over the potential of industrial action.

The decision to ask members whether they want to pursue a strike comes after eight months of union bargaining failed to agree a new pay deal.

Just 12 months previously, the defined benefit pension scheme was shut down at the charity - which has been helping vulnerable children since 1869 - and this means employees have to opt for an inferior product.

Dave Prentis, Unison's general secretary, said: "Charity workers' jobs have become increasingly difficult, with the pressures placed on them by the government's cuts, at the same time as rising demand for services."

He added with rising inflation, they are effectively being asked to take a pay cut.

Mr Prentis observed demonstrations seem to be the only way to get the point across that staff deserve better conditions.

It remains to be seen whether mass protests will occur.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Unite press release, October 3rd

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