Facilities Dispute with Coventry City Council – Draft text for letter to your Councillor

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Dear (Name of your Councillor), I am writing to you regarding the disgraceful decision of the Labour council to directly attack facility time and trade union rights at Coventry City Council.  As a Labour member, I hope you understand the reason why staff need to access skilled reps to deal with workplace issues. This is a fundamental, democratic right.

Are you aware that in the current climate of endless change: restructuring of staff, increasing workloads, job insecurity and micro-management, stress levels has never been higher and pressure on us to reach targets unrelenting?

This is the time we need more support, not less from our trade unions.

I find it appalling that Labour Councillors, many of whom are trade union members themselves, are embarking on this course of action.  I have come to expect the right-wing, anti-union, message from the Tories, UKIP; Taxpayers Alliance etc. because all they ever see is what they believe to be savings to the taxpayer.  They clearly have no understanding of how industrial relations work or the ‘real savings’ that facility time brings as studies carried out have shown.

I hope that you will support the joint trade unions in opposing these measures (like some of your colleagues have indicated they will) and join with us to convince Cllr Lucas that this is a serious error of judgement.

Yours sincerely,

(Your name and address)

Word version – click here – Dear Councillor

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