Harlow Council and HTS issue statement over strike action

News / Fri 21st Apr 2023 at 11:17am

UNITE has notified HTS that its members plan to take further industrial action on24, 25, 27 and 28 April 2023 and 2, 3 and 4 May 2023.

HTS is Harlow Council’s Local Authority Trading Company which provides a range of environmental and housing maintenance services on behalf of the council.

HTS and Harlow Council have issued the following joint statement:

“Negotiations brokered by ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) are ongoing between HTS and Unite to try and reach an agreement. There will be a further meeting between HTS, Unite and ACAS taking place next week. The council is closely following the discussions and is in daily contact with HTS about the situation. The staff are directly employed by HTS who set their terms and conditions, so this is why it’s appropriate that HTS lead the negotiations.

“The HTS workforce do a fantastic job and provide a range of important environmental and housing maintenance services for the town, and we are working to find a solution to the issues raised.

“Plans are already in place to continue running essential services during the industrial action and we regret the inevitable disruption this will cause residents. HTS will continue to communicate with residents whose appointments will be affected. We apologise to residents for any disruption they experience.”

Updates on service provision will be published and communicated to residents on the day of the strikes.

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3 Comments for Harlow Council and HTS issue statement over strike action:

David Forman
2023-04-21 11:31:16

Harlow Council and HTS official statement proves what I've said repeatedly: "The HTS workforce do a fantastic job." So pay them a decent wage commensurate with other local authorities.

Alderman Durcan (Labour)
2023-04-21 20:38:08

Anyone else getting the sense that the council want HTS to fail so they can privatise it or sell it off. Council showing weak leadership,yet again.

Ms T Griffin
2023-04-23 15:26:40

I don’t blame anyone striking when all the other staff working for the local authority is getting paid a fair salary in line with inflation, why jus because this has a company name that is employed by the local authority treating these staff differently. Despicable. Fair pay for all I say . Step up and treat your staff with respect and dignity and you get your staff delivering first class services . Top brass seem to always get away with getting what they want when they want it but if it were not for these people you wouldn’t have jobs at the top in the first place . I hope you all win your cause and get ya fair pay deal . Very soon .

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