Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire council unions hold strike vote

Strike action is being voted on by union members at Lincolnshire County Council.

The council is aiming to save £125m over the next four years, with about 900 posts and some services being cut.

Unison, Unite and the GMB are balloting hundreds of staff, saying the cuts are too severe.

The Conservative-led authority said a fall in grants had forced the move and the unions had not made the details of their grievances clear.

Richard Banks, from Unison, said talks with the council "were not going in the direction we would like".

He added: "We want them to set a needs budget, as opposed to a cuts budget, where they look at how much they need to run the council properly for the benefit of the general public.

"We can then ask for more money from central government."

A spokesman for the council said: "We have not received clarification on what the basis for the dispute is.

"The information the unions have given is simply that they oppose job redundancies and changes to terms and conditions, but until we receive their response to our request last week for further information, it will not be possible to look at how to resolve this."

The ballot will last a week, with results being released soon after.

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