Liverpool social work strike ends

Liverpool social work strike ends More than 100 Liverpool social
workers will return to work next week following almost five months
on strike, after reaching an agreement with the council over staff

Unison recommended that children’s services staff return to work,
after agreeing a workload management policy with Liverpool Council,
following talks convened at conciliation service Acas.

Unison senior regional officer Stephanie Thomas said the deal
acknowledged that certain work should not be given to unqualified
staff, one of the union’s main sticking points in the dispute over
workloads and case allocation.

She said: “The document now recognises the registered status of
social workers.”

However, Thomas said morale among strikers was mixed. She added:
“Many staff are concerned about a backlog of work when they get

Council chief executive Sir David Henshaw said: “We are now looking
at working with all staff to modernise the service.

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