Industrial action is likely as unions ballot their members

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UNIONS began balloting members this week on taking action against job cuts by Lincolnshire County Council.

Richard Banks, spokesman for the Lincolnshire branch of UNISON, says it opposes any cuts to jobs, branding them “a con”. He added that both the Government and council’s “unprecedented attacks” on members’ jobs, conditions and their service to the public has forced the industrial action.

UNITE spokesman Luke Primarolo added: “Members are not only worried for their jobs, but the negative effect the cuts are starting to have on communities they serve.”

Colin Todd, from the GMB, said essential services are “being pared to the bone or stopped altogether”.

The council’s executive director for performance and governance, David O’Connor, said the council is awaiting more detail about the basis for the dispute.

“The information the unions have given is simply that they oppose job redundancies and changes to terms and conditions”, he said.

“Until we receive their response to our request for further information, it will not be possible to look at how to resolve this.”