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Indefinite strike looms at Southampton council

Issue No. 2252

Refuse workers at Southampton council were set to walk out on indefinite strike from Monday of next week.

The Unite and Unison union members will be backed up by other workers in both unions across the Tory-run council taking industrial action short of a strike.

The workers are fighting a threat to sack them if they don’t sign up to pay cuts of up to 15 percent including inflation.

Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said if bosses did not back down they would get “a summer of strikes and disruption”.

“Selective strike action will mean key sections of the council will be on strike for extended periods,” he said.

Workers will be called out in sections to follow the refuse workers.

All will receive their normal pay from a joint hardship fund.

Mass picket on first day of refuse indefinite strike, 23 May, from 6am—Town Depot, Albert Road North.

Donations to hardship fund Unison Southampton District Branch, Unison Office, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7NB. Go to

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Tue 17 May 2011, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2252
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