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Southampton council strikes escalate

Issue No. 2255

On strike in Southampton  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

On strike in Southampton (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Striking workers in Southampton will rally on Monday of next week as they escalate their action against pay cuts.

The Unison and Unite unions have called the joint demonstration and rally for the day 70 street cleaners are set to begin a seven-day strike.

They will join another 170 council staff already on strike: 40 traffic wardens, 20 Itchen Bridge toll collectors and 110 refuse workers.

On the same day, 250 cleaners working for Medirest at Southampton General Hospital will also begin a seven-day strike (see page 14).

13 June will be the one day all five groups are out on strike together.

They will come together for the joint march on the council’s civic centre.

Action short of a strike continues across the council.

More than 600 came to a mass meeting last week, where they were backed by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and Unison deputy general secretary Keith Sonnet.

“Our dispute is reaching a crucial stage,” said Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker. “Support our picket lines and the demonstration on 13 June. We need financial support.”

Demonstrate: “Support the industrial action, tell the council to stuff their pay cut” Assemble 12.30pm, Monday 13 June, Hoglands Park, Southampton

Send donations to: Unison Southampton District Branch, Unison Office, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7NB and Unite at TGWU 2/8 Strike fund, Unity Trust Bank account no. 20185358, sort code 08-60-01

Email messages of support to m.tucker@unison.co.uk and markwood366@btinternet.com


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Tue 7 Jun 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2255
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