South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has announced that Bradley Stoke Library will be closed tomorrow (Saturday 28th September) as a result of industrial action by staff.
Members of the UNISON union have voted for a one-day strike in response to changes to council policies on enhancements and allowances paid to staff, which are being introduced on 1st October.
From that date, the council will no longer pay a time-and-a-half enhancement for staff who have to work on Saturday as part of a normal working pattern. Staff working overtime on Saturdays (i.e. above 37 hours) will, however, continue to receive the enhancement.
The change is part of SGC’s ‘transformation programme’, which is aiming to achieve annual savings of £43.9m by 2014/15, to which the disputed changes will contribute approximately £200,000.
A ballot of nearly 190 UNISON members at SGC resulted in an “overwhelming” vote to take industrial action, says the union.
Tomorrow’s planned performance by the Bradley Stoke Community Singers which was due to take place in the library as part of the Discovery Festival has been cancelled. The group will, however, make an appearance at the MS Therapy Centre’s Autumn Fair on Saturday 19th October.
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