Union dispute for Fenland District Council

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A union has lodged a dispute with Fenland District Council.

The Fenland branch of Unison is unhappy with the council’s proposal to change how the council consults with the workforce.

There is currently an agreement in place which states that the Unsion represents workers on a committee. But the council is looking to change membership to three Unison and three elected employee representatives.

The union says this will change the agreement and has lodged a dispute with the regional joint secretaries of the Local Government Association. A meeting has been tabled for August 20.

Phil Gooden, regional organiser for Unison, said: “It’s designed to undermine collective bargaining and the process of people joining together through an independent trade union. If people are divided they can be easily overcome.”

In a letter to councillors, leader John Clark said this was a significant time of change for the council.

He said: “To pursue a formal dispute with the council prior to any firm proposals being agreed based upon consultation feedback from our workforce, seems both unreasonable and premature on the part of Unison.”