UK news Belfast City Council: More than 1,000 workers threaten strike action over pay and conditions last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - More than 1,000 Belfast City Council workers could go on strike over pay and conditions in the coming weeks.

UK news Belfast City Council: More than 1,000 workers threaten strike action over pay and conditions last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - More than 1,000 Belfast City Council workers could go on strike over pay and conditions in the coming weeks.

UK news  Belfast City Council: More than 1,000 workers threaten strike action over pay and conditions last news
06 August 2022 - 07:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "More than 1,000 Belfast City Council workers could go on strike over pay and conditions in the coming weeks. Negotiations between the council and trade unions are ongoing, but sources say strike action is “not off the table”.Belfast City is Northern Ireland’s largest council and employs around 2,500 people.It is heavily unionised, with staff represented by the Unite, SIPTU, Nipsa and GMB.Workers took industrial action over pay and conditions from the end of April to the start of May, which caused disruption to a range of services. There was also a council strike in March.Prior to the industrial action earlier this year, the council said venues could be closed at certain times and services halted — which could happen again if there’s another strike.These included City Hall, Belfast Zoo, community centres, play centres, pitches, bowling greens, parks and public toilets. Services impacted included pest control, noise control and dog wardens.One union source, who did not want to be named, said negotiations will continue, but they will not be “led up the garden path” and strike action is “being considered”.“This has been an ongoing issue, not just in Belfast but across all our councils,” they said.“We’re taking the temperature, looking at what our colleagues are doing elsewhere, and will not hesitate to support our workers if they choose to go on strike, which is their right to do.“No deal has been agreed. Industrial action is definitely on the table, and with the rising cost of living and inflation sky-rocketing, workers deserve a decent pay deal.”A council worker added: “No one wants to go on strike, but we’ve been here before and if we have to, we will.”If the strike goes ahead, it will have an impact across all council services, including bin collections and street cleansing.The move is not unexpected, with unions recently warning of Northern Ireland-wide council strike action.

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.“Unite members at two other councils are considering offers which include an increase to pay grades and therefore provide a consolidated improvement over the bare 1.75% offered nationally,” Unite’s Gareth Scott said.“While members in those councils have to decide whether these offers go far enough to offer real pay protection, the remaining councils must now make improved pay offers including measures on basic pay.”Belfast City Council said: “Council is engaging with trade unions in respect of employees’ local terms and conditions.“Discussions are ongoing with further engagement planned with trade unions over the coming weeks.”Belfast City Council has faced various issues recently, including stopping glass collections from households for recycling due to “operational reasons”.“Due to pressures around staff resourcing, we’ve had to take the decision to temporarily suspend our glass box recycling collection service,” the council said.“Absences due to Covid among front line staff also continue to have an impact on our overall service delivery, resulting in knock-on resourcing challenges across services.”The warning of potential strike action comes after a planned walkout of workers at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, due to begin on August 10, was paused yesterday after a new round of talks was agreed. Previously, it was warned that the strike would involve more than 1,000 employees and could effectively shut the council down.On Thursday, GMB, Unite and Nipsa met councillors of all major parties and UUP leader Doug Beattie to discuss the dispute. The fresh negotiations will be facilitated by the Labour Relations Agency.Alan Perry, GMB regional organiser, said: “Working people deserve fair pay in the midst of the worst cost-of-living crisis for decades. We are hopeful that these new talks will lead to meaningful shifts from management. As such, we have paused our strike action.”" , "isAccessibleForFree": "False", "hasPart": { "@type": "WebPageElement", "isAccessibleForFree": "False","cssSelector": "#flip-pay"} }

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