Doncaster Council workers vote to strike on opening day of St Leger
Hundreds of Doncaster Council workers have voted in favour of going on strike – starting on the first day of the St Leger Festival.
Almost 200 members of UNISON, UNITE & the GMB which includes street cleaners and grave diggers, are to walk out for 10 days commencing on Friday, the opening day of the town’s biggest event of the year.
The industrial action means that over the course of the festival – which brought 62,000 visitors to the town last year – services including grass cutting, street sweeping and litter collection will be hit.
The walkout follows ballots in which union members voted to reject management proposals over changes to shift patterns and terms and conditions of employment.
The strike action will hit departments including highways, grounds maintenance and street scene.
Jim Board, Branch Secretary of Doncaster UNISON, said:
“All three unions have welcomed the opportunity to discuss the modernisation of these services but have been clear from the start that our members do not want shift changes which include compulsory weekends and longer working days. This would impact on weekends with families and children and would mean the removal of paid overtime for those workers who choose to and can work weekends.
It is clear that Doncaster Council has not listened and has not heard the response from our members across all three unions – we are inviting them to rethink their plans.”