St George’s Park played host to a packed Special General Meeting of UNISON members this lunchtime.
Staff employed by the Isle of Wight council met to discuss the proposed job cuts at the council.
A number of motions were proposed including a demonstration at County Hall on 7th December, along with service users, campaigning groups and other trade unions. That evening the council Cabinet meet to discuss budgets.
400 people there
Around 400 members turned out for the meeting, which they heard that the actual number of losses was expected to be in excess of 535 as a around a further 150 were expected as part of the schools reorganisation.
Mark Chiverton, branch secretary of UNISON told VB after the meeting that a vote of no confidence in the Chief Executive, Steve Beynon and David Pugh, leader of the council had been passed.
We have a short interview with Mark to follow.
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