Quarriers staff vote to strike over pay cuts

Union claims staff face reductions of up to 25 per cent; the charity insists it is protecting jobs

Quarriers provides a range of services for children
Quarriers provides a range of services for children

Staff at the Scottish social care charity Quarriers have voted to strike over plans to cut pay.

In a ballot of union members last week, 221 (76 per cent) of the 291 Unison members who voted said they supported strike action. Turnout was 44 per cent of the 661 Unison members at the charity.

Quarriers said it had proposed cutting pay by 3 per cent for the majority of its 2,000 staff, but Unison said that 560 staff faced a 10 per cent pay cut, while other employees faced cuts of up to 23 per cent.

Unison said it had offered to take the dispute to the arbitration service Acas, but Quarriers had rejected the suggestion.

Stephen Brown, Unison Quarriers branch secretary, said: "The attacks Quarriers is making on our members are unprecedented. No one can cope with a 23 per cent pay cut."

Paul Moore, chief executive of Quarriers, said: "Unison has informed us that 10 per cent of our 2,000 staff voted for action in the ballot.

"Robust plans are in place to ensure that continuity and high standards of service are maintained should its members take action.

"This course of action is vital to protect jobs. We considered a number of alternatives, including a proposal by Unison that would have led to almost 200 redundancies. We simply could not accept a proposal resulting in job losses."

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