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Fight for fair pay to shut down city of Birmingham

Issue No. 2098

Some 20,000 Birmingham council workers in the Unison, Unite, Ucatt and GMB unions are set to strike for two days on Wednesday and Thursday of this week 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.

Unions accused the council of a divide and rule campaign – including letters and a nine-minute video – to erode support for the strike. Activists say city leaders are getting nervous.

Steve Foster, chair of the joint unions said, “If there is little support for the strike then why is the council putting so much effort into sending staff letters and making a film?”

The local Unison branch points out, “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.”

Workers are building for a joint rally as the second largest city in the country looks set to be shut down by workers’ action.

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