Social workers’ strike called off for talks

A STRIKE by social workers was called off at the 11th hour. 

Around 200 members of staff from Kirklees Council’s children’s services department were due to take industrial action last Friday following a long-running dispute over working conditions.

Members of public sector union Unison voted in favour of the walk-out and would legally have had to take action by February 6. But Kirklees Council has agreed to extend the deadline until March 6 and talks will now take place.

Both sides have signed an agreement to go to “joint conciliation” to negotiate an end to the dispute.

Figures showed that almost 450 social workers had left Kirklees in less than four years.

Kirklees Unison secretary Paul Holmes said: “Unless they come back with something substantial, I think we will be giving notice of another strike.”

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