Members will remember the branch was mandated by the general meeting held on 4th October to ballot all council members to establish whether they would be prepared to take industrial action up to and including strike action to defend jobs and services. The ballot opened on 15th October and closed on Monday 15th November. The results of the poll are as follows:
1299 Ballot papers issued
274 Ballot papers returned
Are you willing to take strike action in defence of your job and/or terms and conditions of employment?
Majority 81.4% in favour of strike action.
Are you willing to take industrial action short of strike action in defence of your job and/or terms and conditions?
Majority 89.41% in favour of taking action short of strike action.
This is an overwhelming majority in favour of taking action to defend jobs and services and although the turnout was relatively low, in terms of an indicative ballot participation has been good. We will now be writing to Council informing them of the result.