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
    workloads.

    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
    back.”

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

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