Socialist Worker

Council workers to join 30 June strikes

Issue No. 2257

Hundreds of council workers in Southampton will join the united strikes on 30 June—as part of a week of walkouts.

They are fighting pay cuts of up to 5 percent. For many workers these would mean losing more than £1,000 a year.

Over 300 Unison and Unite union members will strike together for seven days, starting on Tuesday of next week.

The strikers, together with other council workers, intend to march to a joint lunchtime rally organised by the NUT, ATL, PCS and UCU unions.

Sections that have already been on strike in the city—refuse collectors, street cleaners, traffic wardens and toll collectors—will be out again.

And those involved in the selective action will be joined by new sections—library workers and gas fitters.

The unions also plan to call on further groups to join the strikes later this week.

The escalation comes after bosses refused to withdraw the dismissal notices at talks.

More talks were planned as Socialist Worker went to press.

The clock is ticking. The sacking notices are due to take effect on 11 July.

Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said, “The escalation of the industrial action demonstrates how determined council workers are.”

Donations to Unison office, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7NB. Cheques payable to Unison Southampton District Branch and Unite at TGWU 2/8 Strike fund, Unity Trust Bank Account no. 20185358, Sort code 08-60-01. Demonstration 30 June, 12.30pm, East Park (by Jury’s Inn Hotel).

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