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Birmingham workers to shut council over single status

Issue No. 2096

Some 20,000 council workers in Birmingham in the Unison, Unite, Ucatt and GMB unions are set to strike for two days on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 April in an ongoing dispute over single status pay cuts.

They are fighting the imposition of a rotten single status deal which would see many workers facing devastating pay cuts.

The brilliant strike action by tens of thousands of council workers in February blocked the council's attempts at bribery and intimidation.

Thousands of workers in all the council unions attended nine meetings immediately after two weeks of intense talks with management. These meetings voted by over 90 percent to continue strike action.

According to the local Unison branch, 'The month running up to the May local elections is a key time to put pressure on councillors and the management of the council to settle this dispute.

'The second strike day on 24 April will coincide with a strike by the National Union of Teachers, who are campaigning for a fair and decent pay rise.

'This day of strike action will focus huge public and media attention on pay levels in schools, for our members working as teaching assistants, clerical, caretaking, school meals and hundreds of other occupations, as well as the teachers.

'As part of our campaign, the branch is also organising widespread public leafleting, door to door and in local shopping centres in April.'

There is a joint rally in Birmingham on 24 April, as the second largest city in the country looks set to be shut down by workers' action.

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