RSPCA staff back action over plan to cut 260 jobs

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RSPCA workers voted yesterday to take industrial action in protest against plans to cut more than 200 jobs.

But the employees narrowly rejected a strike call in the ballot of members of the trade union Amicus. Talks are expected to be held in an attempt to avert action, including a possible ban on overtime.

About 260 administrative and management staff face redundancy as part of the charity's plans to save £7.6m. It also plans to cut the number of regional centres from 10 to five and transfer handling of phone calls to a private firm.

A strike was rejected by 225 to 218 but action short of a strike was backed by 292 to 155. Jackie Ballard, director general of the RSPCA , said the result showed that the union had misjudged its members.

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