Plymouth City Council withdraws recognition of Unison

Plymouth City Council has withdrawn its recognition of the Unison union.

The move comes after the union refused to sign a collective agreement over new pay and conditions, Unison said.

Unison leaders say they refused to sign the deal because it was discriminatory, would see wages cut and and they needed to protect members and services.

The council said that the proposed changes would save £18m over three years, help save jobs and improve staff equality.

Two other unions represent council staff: the GMB and Unite.

Neither of the two other unions had signed a rewrite of the agreement they were presented with by the council on Wednesday because of legal concerns, the GMB said.

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