Plymouth City Council has frozen the country’s biggest public sector union out of formal staff negotiations amid a row over sweeping changes to pay and conditions.Hardcore!
… Unison has been told that the city council would no longer “recognise” it as a negotiator for staff members after the union objected to money-saving proposals, which included changes to the working week, overtime practices, and expenses.
Helen Willis for Unison said: “It was clear that the proposals in their final form presented serious potential legal and equalities issues. We need to protect our members."How noble of you. What did your members say, then?
Plymouth City Council said “confidence had been lost” in Unison when working towards collective agreements after the union did not implement the result of their ballot.Oh..? Tell me more!
Unison leaders said they couldn’t sign the “collective agreement”, despite the majority of its members voting yes…Yup, you read that right – they carried out a ballot and got a majority vote to accept the agreement, and, in effect, turned around and disregarded this on the grounds that their members were too dim to understand the consequences!
That’s some chutzpah!
Unison said the council could make it difficult for relations to continue between staff and its representatives by withdrawing its facilities from council buildings. But she added that all union members had a right for their grievances to be heard and that the council could not refuse to hear the union’s voice.Those members voted in an effort to ‘be heard’ and you ignored them!
Commenters are furious:
Stirlina:Way to shoot yourselves in the foot, Unison…
“Good! We can get on with this now.
It's funny how unison say they are being silenced but they didn't listen to their members who voted yes to this deal. I wrote to unison resigning as a member and I got a ratty email back saying I didn't know what I was talking about and they had to fight. We don't want them to fight.almost everyone in my office thinks it's about time we get on with these changes. Not everyone is happy about losing unison but think it's better to do this than lose jobs. For once I support the council on this!”