Earlier this month Barnet Council senior management issued an instruction that staff were to go out on some of the rounds with a worker down.
Our members were frustrated and angry at this instruction and their fears for health and safety were being ignored.
Barnet UNISON backed their calls for this management instruction to be stopped.
Unfortunately, so far, management have refused to rescind their instruction.
In the last two weeks there have been a number of meetings with senior officials and Barnet UNISON to seek a resolution.
To date the management instruction is being implemented. This is an instruction which UNISON believes puts our members health and safety at risk.
Barnet UNISON has carried out an informal ballot in order to test the strength of feeling of the membership.
The ballot closed yesterday.
“The message from the members is very clear. We had a 93% turnout with 97% voting for strike action. In meeting after meeting I have advised senior management that the anger on the shop floor is intensifying for strike action as each day goes by and this management instruction continues. We have a final meeting on Monday 29 January to see if this trade dispute can be resolved.” John Burgess, Branch Secretary, Barnet UNISON