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Day of action at East North East Homes

by Leeds Unison member
Issue No. 2115

On strike in support of John McDermott last week

On strike in support of John McDermott last week

Workers in East North East Homes Leeds held a successful day of strike action in defence of their Unison union convenor John McDermott, who has been suspended from work.

The strike took place on Thursday of last week after talks with management broke down without agreement.

It seriously effected services to council tenants in East Leeds. Managers were running offices on skeleton staffing levels. The telephone centre operated on an emergency call only basis. At the building division many suppliers and workers turned away at the picket line.

The picket was so successful it caused a traffic jam as vans turned around and left.

One steward said, “Today has been better supported than last time. Management have to start listening and must leave our trade union and convenor alone.

“We are fed up of being pushed around – it’s our turn to do some pushing.”

Another steward told Socialist Worker, “The council promised us we would be treated well when we Tupe transferred. We are being treated badly and the council is just watching.” Unless agreement is reached five more days of strike action are planned next month.

Send messages of support to John McDermott, [email protected]

Send complaints to Steve Hunt, Chief Officer, [email protected]

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Tue 19 Aug 2008, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2115
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