Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council union members work-to-rule

Union members at Lincolnshire County Council have voted to take industrial action in protest at proposed job cuts.

According to Unison, more than two thirds of the 2,500 members balloted voted to work-to-rule, refusing to work beyond their contracted hours.

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

David O'Connor, from the council, disputed the ballot figures and said services would not be affected.

"I don't believe this industrial action will have any effect on services at all," said Mr O'Connor, executive director of performance and governance.

"We have 6,570 non-school employees and 2,527 are trade union members. Of those, 538 voted in favour of work-to-rule and only 790 actually voted."

'Headache' for managers

John Sharman, from the union Unison, said about the same number of trade union members turned out for the ballot as in a district council election.

"Of those who did vote, there is a very clear message," he said. "There are other trade unions whose ballot results are not yet in.

"The county council relies on the good will of its staff. Services depend upon people working above their contracted hours."

He added the action would cause a "managerial headache" for those in charge.

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