Shropshire

Staff to ballot for action over Shropshire Council plan

Workers at Shropshire Council are to ballot for industrial action as staff could face a pay cut of 5.4%, the Unison union said.

Plans require approval by a meeting of full council at the Conservative-led authority on Thursday.

It needs to save £76m over the next three years, and chief executive Kim Ryley has said a pay cut was preferable to making up to 500 redundancies.

Union members voted in favour of a ballot at the Greenhous Meadow.

About 300 people were at the meeting at Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

Unison Shropshire branch secretary Alan James described it as a "fantastic" turnout.

He said: "We were turning members away because we knew there was a great deal of anger in the branch about what's been going on and what the proposals are."

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