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Strike negotiations ongoing in Shropshire

Council workers in Shropshire have voted for strike action, it has emerged.

14 September 2011

Strike negotiations could be required between officials and employees at one local authority in the West Midlands, it has emerged.

Unison - Britain and Europe's largest public sector trade union with a membership of more than 1.3 million - has revealed that the majority of staff at Shropshire Council support potential industrial action over a proposed wage decrease of 5.4 per cent.

Figures released by the body yesterday (September 13th) showed that 66 per cent of its members working for the authority have voted to strike unless union bargaining can provide a resolution.

The ballot attracted a turnout of 45.8 per cent, a figure Alan James, Shropshire branch secretary at Unison, told local news source the Shropshire Star is "very high".

"This vote should show the authority there is a real demand amongst workers to have their voice heard," he added.

However, Mr James went on to note that he is hopeful strike action can be avoided following further talks.

Posted by Edel Quinn 

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