Social workers at a troubled council in West Yorkshire may begin a further series of strikes next month reports suggest.
Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council is currently rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted – but social workers claim staffing shortages and heavy workloads lie behind many of the problems. Following months of unrest, 240 members of trade union Unison staged a 48-hour workout last month Children & Young People Now reports.
They are now threatening to stage a second walkout unless council leaders take firm action to recruit more in-house staff and improve morale in the children’s services department.
Kirklees Unison branch secretary Paul Holmes explained:
“The members voted this week that they wanted further strike action from 4 September if there isn’t a clear plan about caseloads, about agency staff, workforce instability, lack of continuity and low morale.”
“We will meet [our members] and say the council has either given us a plan we are happy with or they haven’t and we are striking. The members have said ‘we don’t want to strike again but we don’t want to live like this’.”
Photo of Huddersfield Town Hall in the district of Kirklees by Stanley Walker via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence