Charity workers hold strike ballot over holiday row

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If members vote in favour then strike action and an overtime ban could take place from early March 2020

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13th February 2020 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Charity workers are being balloted on industrial action over removal of holidays.

Unite trade union members at Dundee Independent Advocacy Support (DIAS) will vote on industrial action over the next week.

If members vote in favour then strike action and an overtime ban could take place from early March 2020.

DIAS is an advocacy service, which provides support for vulnerable adults.

The charity was founded in 1998 and is part-funded by Dundee City Council and the NHS.

Units says the dispute centres on an enforced change to terms and conditions effecting the union’s membership.

This includes the removal of holidays which were previously given instead of an annual pay award.

Unite regional industrial officer George Ramsay said: “Unite is holding a ballot at the DIAS due to the organisation imposing changes to the terms and conditions of our members.

“The changes will result in the removal of holidays which were given instead of an annual pay increase. The newly appointed DIAS board has decided to withdraw these holidays.

“To make matters worse, the organisation has refused to talk with Unite in order to listen and respond to our legitimate concerns.

“Our members are not willing to accept these changes being imposed upon them and are fully prepared to take on this heartless employer.”

TFN has contacted DIAS for a comment.

The union ballot closes on Thursday, 20 February.