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Still striking over pay in Southampton

Issue No. 2287

Southampton council workers are planning to strike again—more than a year after the start of their battle over imposed pay cuts.

Workers in Southampton took 12 weeks of rolling, section-by-section action last summer against the pay cuts and have taken more days of action since.

This time more than 2,000 union members are to be consulted on whether they want to strike for a full day or half a day. It comes after reps met and agreed unanimously that there is no option but to continue the action.

Unite regional officer Ian Woodland said, “Our members are united, angry and determined and have vowed to keep on fighting until the council sees sense.”

Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker added, “Unison members will continue to take action until nationally agreed pay levels are restored.”

Action short of a strike also continues. But there has been a long gap in the strikes. Only escalation can win this battle.

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Tue 24 Jan 2012, 18:08 GMT
Issue No. 2287
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