Workers at Southampton City Council have voted to strike to stop bosses forcing through pay cuts, their union announced today (Friday).
The 1,800 Unison union members voted by 56.5 percent to back a strike. They also voted 78.2 percent in favour of action short of a strike.
The workers are fighting a Tory-run council that has issued mass dismissal notices to push through a 5 percent pay cut and cuts to conditions.
Added to inflation it would mean a 10 percent pay cut for many workers.
Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said, “The vote to support industrial action demonstrates that council workers are still standing up to the council’s mass sackings and impositions of savage wage cuts.”
He added that workers are “determined to defend both their pay and local services”.
The Unite union, which has 750 members at the council, is also balloting, with the result due on Wednesday of next week.
Once that result is known, the two unions will decide what industrial action will be called and when it will start.