first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Council’s HR team fights to stop strike actionOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Hackney Council’s HR team has hit the streets to combat the threat of strikeaction over new contracts for street cleaning staff. The GMB, T&G and Unison unions have accused the local authority ofthreatening to fire their refuse and street cleaning workforce if they fail toaccept new pay and conditions, and the unions are now threatening industrialaction. To address these concerns, the council’s HR team has gone on ‘road shows’ tothe cleaning depot to speak to on-duty staff on a one-to-one basis. Terry McDougall, assistant chief executive of HR at Hackney, said:”Employees are more comfortable speaking with HR representatives personallyand at the same time it allows the team to listen to individual concerns moreeffectively.” As a result of this approach, she said 55 out of the 73 street sweepers inthe borough have now accepted the new terms. The unions are to ballot more than 270 staff for strike action, and claimthat new contracts will cut wages by up to £60 a week, with failure to acceptnew terms resulting in workers being fired on the 23 December. Unison representative, Eddy Coulson said: “Throwing loyal staff on thedole is some Christmas present and is not something we will allow tohappen.” McDougall said the changes were standard ‘terminate and re-engage’contracts, which brought the refuse service in line with other councilservices. She said the union line was “harsh, emotive andregrettable”. Related posts:No related photos.last_img