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Doncaster council set for coordinated strike

Issue No. 2269

Council workers in Doncaster are to strike on Wednesday of next week.

The Unison members’ action, on the same day as the Birmingham council strikes, comes after they joined the united strikes on 30 June.

Last Thursday bosses announced over 1,000 job cuts—as well as massive attacks on pay and conditions.

“They want a bloodbath,” Unison branch secretary Jim Board told Socialist Worker. “The average mid-grade worker would lose £3,000—while being expected to work for longer. People would have to strike for a month for it to cost them anything like that.”

The branch executive met on the day the assault was announced—and agreed to call the strike at less than two weeks’ notice.

“It’s a snap thing,” Jim added. “Now everyone’s going eyeballs out for it.”

The union is now stepping up the pace of workplace and stewards’ meetings and leafleting.

“We’ve got days to get out and push for maximum participation,” said Jim. “We’re confident we can do that. And we’re going to be making the links with the national campaign over pensions.

“Earlier this year people were saying we should do what they’ve done in Greece and France. We’re saying, now’s the chance.”

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