Union in-fighting puts local government strikes at risk

Future strikes over local government pensions could be in jeopardy because of union in-fighting about dates for action.

Local government sources told Personnel Today that plans to go ahead with strike action on the 3 and 4 May could fall into disarray because it clashed with local government elections.

The sources said that officials from the GMB and Unison unions did not want to carry out strikes on these dates because their reps get paid days off work to oversee the election process.

An Amicus spokeswoman said that members would be striking on these two days.

“There is no discord at all,” she said. “We are deliberately taking selective action for maximum impact.”

However, a spokesman for the GMB union said this was not the case. “As far as the GMB is concerned, [the May strike dates] are not true,” he said.

A Unison spokeswoman said the union was still considering whether to strike.

The next strikes are scheduled to take place on 25, 26 and 27 April.

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