Due to the strikes organised by UCU (University and College Union), which includes a picket-line at venue the council were due to hold their Full Council meeting, Labour councillors have stated that they will not be attending the meeting anymore.
Speaking about this Council Leader Terry Fox said:
“Firstly, I want to apologise to the public of Sheffield. The public expected this Full Council meeting, but given the circumstances it is no way appropriate for councillors to attend – and shame on any of those who break the picket line and do so.
“The first I became aware of the strike activity was 7am this morning. We want both the university employers and the UCU round the table, to reach a deal that is fit for everyone.
“As a miner for over 30 years, including the strikes in the 1980s, I know how important industrial action is, and Labour councillors took the collective decision today, voting unanimously, that it would not be appropriate to cross the picket.
“This would never have been an issue in the town hall, and I want to see us back in there having all-member meetings as soon as possible.