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Taking on the Lib Dems

Issue No. 1920

THE ALL-OUT strike by Swansea IT workers in the Unison union is now in its sixth week. They are protesting against the Liberal Democrat dominated council’s outsourcing plans.

It is essential that the strikers start going out and organising financial support from other workplaces. The union branch should start a workplace levy within the council.

Management has called in the ACAS conciliation body. Strikers feel management is just testing their response.

Management wanted to gain the upper ground if the strikers refused.

The union has been forced to delay a ballot of the rest of its membership in Swansea council on whether to call further strike action.
ALAN THOMSON

Send messages of support and donations to Unison Office, The Guildhall, Swansea. For more information go to www.swansea-itc.org.uk


SOME 150 social workers in Unison entered their fifth week of indefinite strike action in Liverpool this week. The Lib Dem council is threatening to cut vital services.

The picketing has remained solid. Strikers are speaking all over the country to other workers to raise support. Bolton NUT gave £500, as did Kirklees Unison.

The mood is hardening. Strikers held an impromptu march around town after a strike meeting on Friday of last week.

They got a great response, and the mood among strikers is good. But the Liberal Democrat council is ruthlessly attacking the union.

All four childcare stewards are facing disciplinary action when the strikers go back to work.
UNISON STEWARD

Send messages of support and donations to Strike Committee, Unison, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth Street, Liverpool L3 9RJ.


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Sat 25 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1920
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