Birmingham council workers vote to strike over outsourcing

Council workers in Birmingham have voted in favour of industrial action.

More than 90% of Amicus union members in the highway services department are affected by plans to transfer their jobs to a private company.

The action could hit road gritting, street lighting and traffic signal services in the city.

The union said it is hoping for a response from the council to avoid a strike.

A statement from the council said: “The city council is still involved in amicable discussions with the unions about staffing arrangements under the proposed highways private finance initiative scheme, and strike action is not imminent.

A council spokesman added that they had not received seven days’ notice of strike action.

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