Unison union members in the Camden council repairs and improvement team struck on Thursday of last week.
They struck because 11 workers there face redundancy—even though there are still nearly 20 job vacancies. The workers, who are mainly black, have been forced to go on “gardening leave”.
Only four people voted against strikes in a recent ballot. Terry, one of the strikers, said the council had “lied” to the workers. He told Socialist Worker, “We got assurances that there would be no redundancies. They lied.
“All those put on ‘gardening leave’ have good records. Yet the council now says they’re not competent.”
The cuts mean there will be fewer inspections of people’s homes.
Another striker said Unison should strike over pensions.
He said, “We’ve already had our contribution rates increased and eliminated retirement for anyone under 60. We need united action to defend pensions.”
UK Uncut activists brought breakfast for the strikers.