Unison members and supporters attended a mass meeting at Hereford’s Town Hall to discuss redundancy plans and industrial action.
A unanimous vote passed to move to collective industrial dispute status over the proposed job losses and cuts.
Unison rep Steve Grist told the audience that members are now under extreme pressure to give up years of hard won rights.
“This is not about self-interest. Everyone in this room is here to provide a service to the public. Very few councillors, very few MPs have an interest in those services,” he said.
The meeting was told of plans for demonstrations on both Saturday 18th May in Hereford city centre and Friday 24th May at the full council meeting.
Another vote proposing resistance to the cuts plan was also unanimously passed.
A collective dispute will be made with the council next week before a consultative ballot on industrial action is taken later in the month.
These cuts will not just hit council staff, they will affect the lives of everyone in the county and it is vitally important that this dispute is widened out far beyond Unison members.
All council employees, local trade unionists and workplace activists of all colours, not to mention the ordinary people of Herefordshire, must unite and make this fight their own.
The Hereford Heckler will stand shoulder to shoulder with council staff and in total support to a plan of resistance.