Union ballot for possible strike action

DONCASTER Council's biggest trade union has started the ball rolling over a prospective strike over public spending cutbacks.

Convenors at Unison have voted to ballot members over action against cuts they fear will lead to as many as 2,000 job losses.

The council has already revealed 700 staff are expected to go under voluntary redundancy packages, subject to final rubber stamping of some. Hundreds have already left.

But the authority is facing savings of 80 million over the next three years, with more jobs expected to go next year.

Around 50 union representatives attended a branch executive meeting, which unanimously agreed to ask union bosses for permission to go ahead and hold a strike ballot.

The planned ballot is over jobs cuts, changes to terms and conditions and cuts to services.

Leaders at the union are looking to co-ordinate any action they take with other council unions, such as GMB, Unite, and teaching unions such as the NUT and NASUWT.