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Public sector workers resist

KIRKLESS council workers look set for a 5-day strike in the new year after a successful strike ballot concluded today.

Unison balloted members from across the council including the West Yorkshire Housing Association and Calderdale, Kirklees Careers Service Partnership, West Yorkshire Fire Service, and all the schools in the area.

With a 53 percent “Yes” vote for strike, 8,000 public sector workers are expected to walkout for 5 days in the middle of January.

The union which has an 84 percent density in the council, is concerned that the council’s plans to make 698 compulsory redundancies by April and their desire to take employees’ sickness records into account when interviewing staff for jobs.

Unison Branch Secretary Paul Holmes was in buoyant mood declaring complete confidence that the membership would heed the call of the union.

“Absolutely members will come out. When we go on strike nothing runs,” he said.

“This is a magnificent result given the current economic climate and our members are really frightened about their futures.”

“I think that the public realise that there’s a battle going on to save both jobs and frontline public services.”

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