Council updates on progress of ACAS-facilitated talks with the GMB Union

After hosting ACAS-facilitated talks with the GMB Union today (Wednesday 29 June), Wiltshire Council has issued a statement on the next steps.

Published 29 June 2022
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After hosting ACAS-facilitated talks with the GMB Union today (Wednesday 29 June), Wiltshire Council has issued a statement on the next steps.

The talks took place the day before a week of scheduled strike action by GMB members in the council's parking enforcement team. This strike action, which was due to begin on Thursday 30 June until Wednesday 6 July, has been suspended.

The council reaffirmed its approach to continue move discussions forward in good faith, and this has suspended the strike action.

Terence Herbert, Wiltshire Council Chief Executive, said: "We attended ACAS-facilitated talks with GMB today in relation to the industrial action by officers within the civil enforcement team at the council, and both the council and GMB have agreed to move the process forward in good faith.

"As a result, GMB will suspend its industrial action from tomorrow, and this is a positive development.

"Working group discussions with the three recognised unions will continue, as we look to agree policies that are standardised, fit for purpose, financially viable and support delivery of the council's Business Plan, while ensuring our staff are fairly and appropriately rewarded.

"We value our staff and the work they do for our communities, and we will continue to listen to their views as this process continues."

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Published 29 June 2022