strike by 100 IT staff at Swansea
council over plans to outsource their jobs could escalate after their union,
Unison, decided to ballot all its 5,000 members at the council on industrial
held a council-wide union meeting, and a proposal to ballot all staff for
industrial action was carried unanimously, according to one source.
100 workers have been on indefinite strike since 16 August, and refuse workers
have already taken unofficial action to support them.
council is considering outsourcing its IT department and staff to either
consultancy Capgemini, or IT services company ITNet, as part of the proposed £100m Service@Swansea
type of action to be taken if the ballot results in a ‘yes’ vote has not yet
been confirmed, although the strike by the IT workers will continue while the
ballot is being run.