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Quarriers 'should seek strike negotiations'

Strike action by workers for the Quarriers will take place on September 6th unless a deal can be arranged.

01 September 2011

The Scottish government has to get involved in strike negotiations with workers for social care charity Quarriers.

A ballot by Unison members found 76 per cent support industrial action, as a row over plans to introduce a 20 per cent pay cut rumbles on.

September 6th has been chosen as the day that demonstrations will be held, unless the employer can find a resolution using union bargaining and speaking to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Unison regional organiser Simon Macfarlane said: "No one wants to be taking strike action, but Quarriers have left us with no option."

He added should the reduction in salaries go through, it would be a "devastating" blow to staff, while also damaging the long-term quality care provided by the organisation.

Mr Macfarlane encouraged the organisation - which was founded over 130 years ago - to get around a table and thrash out a deal to prevent people from taking to the picket line.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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