Last-ditch effort to avoid mass Hull Council sackings

UNION and management representatives will meet today to try and avoid sacking and rehiring 6,733 council staff.

Employees at Hull Council have voted to reject the latest set of terms and conditions put forward by management, which includes taking a half hour cut in their working week, to help save £2.6m. The council faces a November 29 deadline for when it can impose changes to terms and conditions proposed earlier this year, which were even more strongly opposed.

Unite convenor Peter Schofield – who represents one of four unions at the council – said: “If we can’t get an agreement I think within a week we would be looking at an industrial action ballot.”

But Coun Phil Webster, who will be at today’s meeting, said he did not believe the unions had a mandate for industrial action, but was willing to negotiate.”

He added: “If we are walking along a plank, we are two steps from the edge.”