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Southampton: workers vote for more action

Issue No. 2259

Southampton workers vote at a mass meeting  (Pic: Southampton Unison)

Southampton workers vote at a mass meeting (Pic: Southampton Unison)

Hundreds of workers across Southampton council are set to walk out on strike for a week as their battle with council bosses reaches a critical moment.

The Unison and Unite union members voted unanimously for the escalation at a members’ meeting this week.

The council is sacking every worker unless they take a pay cut—and the clock on the sacking notices runs out on Monday 11 July.

The unions are calling it “Armageddon Day”.

Workers have been taking rolling action for six weeks, and struck as part of the 30 June coordinated strikes. Now more than 450 will join the week-long walkout.

This time the action will include 13 port health officers, who inspect containers, cruise liners and oil tankers at Southampton’s port—one of Britain’s busiest.

Their five days of strikes have the potential to bring the whole port to a standstill.

The unions have called a mass march to lobby the council meeting on Wednesday of next week.

More than 200 building maintenance workers will also strike for one day to join the march.

March on the council: Assemble Wednesday 13 July, 1pm, East Park

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