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Southampton City Council workers back on strike

Council workers marching through Southampton
Image caption Hundreds of workers marched through the city in protest after new contracts were introduced

Southampton City Council staff have gone back on strike in their long running dispute over pay cuts and changes to working conditions.

Street cleaners, parking wardens and toll collectors on the Itchen bridge have begun a seven-day walk out.

Refuse collectors are continuing to work to rule but are not on strike.

Discussions between the council and unions resumed earlier but ended in the afternoon without agreement.

More talks are scheduled for Wednesday. The unions have not ruled out further industrial action.

Pay cuts

Hundreds of workers marched through the city on 13 July, in protest at the introduction of new contracts that have forced the majority of workers to take a pay cut.

More than 99% of the council workers signed the new contracts on 11 July.

The Conservative-led authority said the move was necessary and would save 400 jobs in the long run.

In February, councillors finalised budget cuts of £25m and said all workers earning more than £17,500 - which is 65% of staff - would have their hours cut and lose pay as a result.

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