A SOLID STRIKE was held by council house repair workers in the TGWU union over the axing of 63 jobs at their Liverpool depot on Friday of last week. Their employer, private firm Interserve, which made £49.1 million profits last year, wants to scrap the jobs through a mixture of compulsory and voluntary redundancies, despite a repairs backlog in the city.
One worker said, 'Any cuts hit us and council tenants. Who will be left to cope with tenants' needs? Interserve only care about stuffing their pockets.' The TGWU picket was well attended and turned some Ucatt members back. A mass meeting is due to be held next week, but most TGWU members at Interserve expect to be out again next Friday.
The company says strikes won't make them reverse their decisions. But as a TGWU steward said, 'The action has hit them financially and that may make them think again. We're very angry and we're not stopping till there's some justice done.'
TGWU workers make up around one fifth of the workforce with remaining workers being represented by GMB, Ucatt and Amicus. They have voted in favour of industrial action but they will have to give bosses seven days notice before they walk out.