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Council workers are to join the action

Issue No. 2257

Thousands of council workers in different parts of Britain could join the mass walkout next week.

Unison union members in Doncaster have voted for strikes as part of a fight to stop hundreds of job cuts at the council.

The 66 percent yes vote means that 5,000 Doncaster council workers can walk out on Thursday of next week. Coordinated action could shut swathes of the city.

Unison branch secretary Jim Board told Socialist Worker, “This is an opportunity to build unity—and it will be a launchpad for further action.”

Meanwhile, over 10,000 Birmingham City Council Unison members have voted to strike.

James Smith, a Unison rep in Birmingham, said, “The council wants to impose a new contract on us. It will mean they can force us to work ‘any time, any place, anywhere’.

“Workers are also losing their allowances if they do night work or unsociable hours. And the council wants to sack around 7,000 of us. That’s why we are fighting back.”

And council workers in Southampton in the Unite and Unison unions will also strike on the day against pay cuts.

Housing department workers in Unison in Camden, London, are also to strike after an 83 percent vote against compulsory redundancies.

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