Notts and Southwark workers balloted over cuts

Following a consultative ballot which voted 2 to 1 to move to a formal ballot, members of Nottinghamshire County Unison will vote on taking industrial action against proposed job cuts.

The ballot will involve 3,600 workers and comes in response to a briefing paper from council management which asserted that 1,000 compulsory redundancies are “likely to be needed” in 2011.

Unison is building for a demonstration at County Hall on 24 February. The strike ballot closes on 15 February and action is therefore likely to coincide with the demonstration. For more, see nottsunison.org.uk.

Elsewhere, speech and language therapists working for the NHS Primary Care Trust in Southwark will strike on Thursday 3 February. Cuts to services will massively impact frontline care, meaning vulnerable children will be deprived of one-to-one support.

Unite regional officer Richard Munn said: “Our members have decided to take a stand against the cuts being made which will have a detrimental effect on some of the most vulnerable children and families in our society.”

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