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Southampton social workers to join council strikes

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2262

More than 450 Southampton council workers in social work are to strike on Wednesday of next week (3 August).

Their action will kick off a longer period of rolling strikes, group by group within social work. And a further one-day strike across social work is planned for later in August.

The Unison and Unite members include social workers, occupational therapists, contact supervisors and others, working with children as well as adults.

They are the latest group of workers to join the fight across the council against bosses forcing through 5 percent pay cuts.

Council workers have taken nine weeks of rolling action against the cuts so far.

Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said, “The continuing strike action will, I hope, demonstrate to the Conservative-controlled council that the dispute is not over and that the protest over their unfair actions will continue.”

The bosses tried to “divide and rule” social workers by offering some sections a payment of £1,400 to offset the pay cut.

But the union members have stood firm, rejecting this offer at a mass meeting.

The strikers will include both workers offered the extra payment and those not eligible for it.

They will rally together on 3 August, alongside other sections of council workers striking that day.

Join the picket lines from 7.30am on 3 August: Marland House, Oakhill House, Herbert Collins House, Thomas Lewis House, Cannon Street and College Keep.

Strike rally: 11am, 3 August, Guildhall Square, Southampton

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Wed 27 Jul 2011, 16:31 BST
Issue No. 2262
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