Workers in the Unite union at the charity Shelter were striking around the country on Thursday as part of a 48 hour strike against longer hours and low pay. The picket line at Shelter’s Old Street headquarters in east London fluctuated between ten and 15 people, while there were at least ten at the City offices. Pickets at Old Street said the strike was absolutely solid.
People were raging at their below inflation pay offer. They said it isn’t simply a matter of pay, but the atmosphere in the charity as a whole. Strikers are happy that the strike is a strong as last time they came out and in some areas stronger. One striker said, “We are livid and everyone is up for a fight”.
At least ten people were picketing in Sheffield. Strikers in London went to join the central London rally. Their mood was confident. One said, “We feel we are part of the same struggle with the teachers and other strikers today”.