Date: 20 February 2008
UNISON slams East Lothian sacking threat
UNISON, the trade union representing the majority of East Lothian
Council staff, has condemned the council's decision yesterday to
dismiss all its staff and re-engage them on worse conditions, which
have already been rejected by the staff representatives.
The union is currently balloting its members working for East Lothian,
urging them to vote for industrial action to reject the planned
cuts to conditions that the council want to impose.
The council want to cut weekend working payments, and move to a
seven day working week. They have just been through a period of
attempting to get staff to volunteer for the worse conditions. Despite
a period of intense pressure on staff to sign away their conditions,
UNISON says that this move to impose conditions shows that this
has been a failure.
Sandra Kennie, Secretary of UNISON's East Lothian Council branch,
said "Many staff have refused to sign this package and we know that
some who have, have done so for fear of losing their job. Despite
the example of many councils in Scotland who continue to offer fair
payments to staff when they work anti-social hours to deliver our
services, this council has refused to modify their proposals even
"Make no mistake, this is the thin end of the wedge. East Lothian,
by trying to impose their cuts on staff, have given the lie to their
claim to be 'an employer of choice'. What 'choice' are they offering
their staff now?"
The ballot for industrial action ends on Friday 7th March.
For Further Information Please Contact: Sandra Kennie (Branch
Secretary) 01620 822 699(o) 07929 736 511 (m) Robert Rae (Regional
Officer) 07904 342 311(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0870 7777 006(w) 0771 558 3729(m)