Denbighshire council staff to take unpaid day's leave

Denbighshire protest Proposals to alter staff terms prompted a protest at Denbighshire council earlier in the year

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Denbighshire council staff have agreed to take one day's unpaid leave next year to help cut costs.

The move was tabled by unions to help the council find £143,000 in "workforce efficiencies" as it looked for savings by amending some staff conditions.

The idea was ratified during a county hall meeting in Ruthin on Tuesday while GMB, Unite and Unison union members had agreed to it in a ballot.

Local government funding will see a cut of 5.81% next year across Wales.

Funding for Denbighshire will fall by 4.6% for 2014-15.

A protest was held in April by some workers over plans to alter staff conditions with Unison claiming some members would be on "inferior terms".

At the time Denbighshire council said it had to find savings of £18m over three years of which £762,000 was earmarked from changes to staff conditions.

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