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Caithness News Bulletins March 2005
21 March 05
Strike Called Off
The Highland Council, in association with Unison, AMICUS and UCATT, has confirmed that the day of strike action planned for Wednesday, 23 March, has been called off and employees should report to work as normal on Wednesday.
Strike Wednesday 23 March 2005 - Latest
Teaching unions, GMB and TGWU are not taking strike action.
The Council is currently assessing the likely effect of strike action and will have a clearer picture on Monday when the Council will widely publicise any school and office/library/leisure centre closures and/or disruption to service, such as refuse collection or the use of civic amenity sites.
Head teachers will advise parents on Monday of possible disruption or closures, basing their decisions on health and safety considerations. Head teachers will also use the emergency closure phone line to keep parents appraised of local situations.
Due to the strike action, the Council has postponed its meeting of the Planning Development Europe and Tourism Committee, due to be held at Council Headquarters, Inverness, at 10.30 am on Wednesday. The meeting has been rearranged for Wednesday 6 April, commencing at 10.30 am.
What's It All About?
Many public sector workers face:
From April 2005 local government workers in England and Wales face a phasing out of the “rule of 85” scheme.
At present the normal retirement age in local government is 65. But under the “rule of 85” around half of local government workers can apply to retire between 60 and 65 because their age and the number of years they have contributed to the scheme is at least 85.
Scottish workers face the same assault from 2006.
From April 2006 health workers face:
From April 2006 civil service workers face:
From September 2006 teachers and FE lecturers face:
For many public sector workers, a Green Paper proposes from 2008: