Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said afterwards that “real hostility” over the pay cuts wasn’t diminishing.Unfortunately for them, continuing the strike strips them of any legal protection against dismissal:
“There were people who have been on strike as well as those who haven’t. There were manual and professional workers there, but the vote to continue the strike action was by a large majority.”
…Cllr Smith told the Daily Echo any workers striking outside of the legally-protected period could be putting their jobs at risk.
He said: “If city council staff continue to strike beyond the 12 weeks we will make sure that services are not disrupted as much as possible, and we will have to take legal advice on what we can do.”The union leaders obviously think the council will back down, as they always have before:
Mr Tucker responded: “The council would have to dismiss everyone involved and we don’t think they’ll do that.”That’s a big bet to place, with other people’s jobs.
And the mood of the country isn’t in favour of capitulation to rioters, so it’s a bit hard to see why you think it should be in favour of capitulation to other sorts of looters...