Strike ballot at Town Hall

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TRADE union members at Sheffield Council are set to take strike action over a freeze on incremental pay rises - as the authority announced a further 270 jobs will go.

Some 2,000 non-school staff who are in the GMB trade union have voted in favour of industrial action including a strike.

Organiser Peter Davies believes there could be further job losses as the council has notified the Government up to 800 jobs could go, although council chiefs say the figure includes 300 voluntary redundancies and 161 unfilled posts. He said: “Following the vote, members will gather and decide what action to take.” Jon Mordecai, of Unison, added: “We were already planning to have a strike ballot over increments. The job losses announced at the council involve up to half the staff in some departments. For every one lost, economists predict another could go in the private sector.”

Staff in the Care4you department, which provides community care, complained they have been told 50 senior care co-ordinators’ posts are also at risk.