OVER 100 social workers in Newham, east London, will strike again next Monday. This latest 24-hour walkout is part of UNISON's campaign for fair and equal treatment for all social workers in the borough.
The action is a protest against the Labour council's decision to award £3,000 pay rises to managers and £1,000 to a handful of social workers, but nothing to a large majority of Newham's social work staff.
Striking social workers and their supporters are holding a protest rally outside Newham Town Hall, Barking Road, East Ham, from 11am on Monday 13 August.
WORKERS AT Hackney council in east London were waiting this week to see if it would back off from its disciplinary moves against three union activists. The council suspended Brian Debus, chair of the UNISON union branch, and steward Richard Brunner last week.
Noah Tucker, Hackney UNISON's chief negotiator, has been suspended for the last four months. Hackney workers demonstrated in support of the three activists last week. They were joined by delegations from other UNISON branches and local workplaces. The union branch has called for a strike ballot to defend all the union reps under threat.
There were signs at the beginning of this week that council management was ready to reinstate at least some of those threatened. But there should not be any let-up of the pressure on the council until all three are fully reinstated.
Messages of support to Hackney UNISON, 1-7 Westgate Street, London E8. Phone 020 8356 4071.
SCOTTISH Borders council voted through education cuts of £1.57 million last week despite overwhelming opposition from the local community. Over 100 protesters gathered outside the council offices to hand in petitions and lobby the councillors as they arrived for the meeting.
Most of those protesting were part of Borderers Against the Cuts, an umbrella group set up by the Borders branch of the Scottish Socialist Party.