Kitchen staff at Haggerston School in Hackney, north London, are set to strike on Wednesday of next week over pay.
The staff are members of the new Unite union (formedfrom the recently merged T&G and Amicus unions) are employed by contractors Sodexho. And they are paid nearly £4 an hour less than other similar staff at the school.
“We have done everything we could to avoid a strike,” said Unite T&G Section regional industrial organiser Paul Fawcett. “We have been delaying implementation of the strike decision by our members in the hope that Sodexho would see sense and pay our members a fair wage. We suggested staging an increase.
“But it has all been a waste of time, unfortunately. The company is behaving like dinosaurs from the least enlightened period of British management, with absolutely no interest in justice or social responsibility.”