TAKE THE PAY CUT ..OR TAKE A HIKE; City council staff strike over Labour-Tory coalition's bully-boy negotiating tactics.
A LABOUR-RUN council have been accused of acting like "bullies" after threatening to sack all staff unless they agree to poorer pay and conditions.
Stirling Council workers staged a one-day strike yesterday after the local authority tried to scare them into taking a pay cut and working a longer week.
The council, run by a Labour-Tory coalition, have proposed pay cut across the board and an additional hour work per week. ed a 0.5 per cent rd of But Unison say it's a 1.5 per cent pay cut compared to council staff in the rest of Scotland, who narrowly accepted a one per cent pay rise. .5 ed st ly nt ra And they say the extra hours add up to 7.5 days of work a year - meaning workers have to swallow an effective pay cut of 4.5 per cent.
Last week, staff were sent a letter by chief executive Bob Jack demanding they accept the new pay and conditions or find a job elsewhere.
The letter, sent to all 3000 employees, said: "If you do not accept the council's offer of employment under the enclosed statement of particulars, the council gives you formal notice that your employment will terminate with effect from November 15, 2013."
The council claim that 40 per cent of staff have signed the forms.
Unison Stirling branch secretary James Douglas said he was consulting lawyers about whether the move was legal.
He added: "In my view, this is bullying and harassment trying intimidate a d a ass e t t y g to t date people to sign up. Some people have accepted the terms and they have told me they did that because they were frightened.
"I have been a Labour member all my life and to see the party involved in this type of practice is disappointing to say the least."
Labour and the Conservatives took control of the council last year, despite the SNP being the largest overall party.
When the Record attempted to contact the Labour leader of the council, Johanna Boyd, Stirling Council's press office released a statement in the name of chief executive Jack.
He said that because of a cut in funding in real terms from the Scottish Government, along with a council tax freeze, the authority need to find savings of PS24million to balance their budget and the changes would save PS2.5million.
Jack demanded proof from the unions that their members had been bullied into signing but had received nothing.
Employees on the two lowest grades, Li i W 7 50 he added, would see an increase in pay following the implementation of the Living Wage at PS7.50 an hour The SNP's Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said: "With only four Tory councillors, it's clear this coalition is Labour doing their dirty work for them, abandoning all principles the party once had."
Scots Labour leader Johann Lamont declined to comment. A party spokesman blamed "an underfunded SNP council tax freeze".
He added: "They took Tory cuts, doubled them and passed them to councils."
GO FIGURE A staff member shows why workers angry at the terms sent out by their bosses
UNITED WE STAND J Unison official John Haney stands with workers outraged by the contracts offered to them by the council, who claim they need to save money to balance the budget
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Aug 27, 2013|
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