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Compromise reached after strike negotiations

Union bargaining has resulted in a compromise being reached between Southampton Council and its employees.

14 October 2011

Strike negotiations appear to have been successful in avoiding industrial action among staff at one local authority in the south of England.

According to the BBC, the long-running union bargaining process between the council in Southampton and bodies representing its members of staff look set to be nearing an end.

A joint statement from the council and Unison - the UK's largest public sector union with more than 1.3 million members - revealed that talks have now reached a stage whereby a "proposed negotiated settlement" can be agreed.

Employees at the authority have been taking intermittent strike action since May, when it emerged that their new contracts would involve a pay cut of as much as 5.5 per cent.

However, both sides have now found a mutual compromise and Royston Smith, leader of the council, noted this represents "good news for staff and the residents of Southampton".

"We will work closely with the unions in this period to progress towards restoring normal services," he added.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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