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‘This action has opened up the possibilities for us’

Issue No. 2282

Helen Davies

Helen Davies


The Unison union’s national executive was set to meet this week to decide the next steps after the 30 November strikes. Helen Davies from the executive spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity.

“The unity of 30 November is important. That’s why it was so effective—and felt like it. People are buoyant in my team at Barnet council in north London. They want more action.

“They’re not just asking about pensions now, but also about pay. They want to know how long we are going to carry on putting up with these pay freezes. The 30 November strike has opened up the possibilities.

“People feel that if the government doesn’t back down, they’re up not just for striking again but for going further. I don’t think it’s at all controversial to say there will be more strikes. It’s more like there’s an assumption that there will be more.

“The question is over what form the strikes will take. I think everyone will be disappointed if it’s not serious, united action, if it’s just small groups going out.”


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