Swansea IT strike suspended as workers await overall agreement

Swansea Council and striking IT workers have formally signed a Return to Work agreement.

After a meeting with Acas on Friday, the two parties agreed that the IT strike – which lasted eight weeks – will be suspended with effect from today and staff will return to work on Tuesday morning.

However, the Unison union, which is in dispute with the council over the conditions of a proposed £100m IT outsourcing deal, said there is still some way to go before an overall agreement is reached.

Jeff Baker, regional organiser for Unison, told Personnel Today said: “The key word is suspended, not scrapped. There is still a fair bit of work to do.”

The result of a ballot of all Unison members, announced last week, revealed that 63 per cent voted for strike action with 78 per cent backing industrial action short of a strike, to combat the threat of more sell-offs.

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