Socialist Worker

Council Workers

by Striking social worker
Issue No. 1922

“CAPITAL OF culture, my arse!” was the slogan striking Liverpool social workers borrowed from actor Ricky Tomlinson for our march through the city centre last week.

Ricky was pleased to offer his support for the strike, which is now in its sixth week.

Many of the council buildings had staff hanging out of the windows shouting support for our march.

There have been collections in many Unison union branches for our strike fund, and local firefighters have donated a very welcome £1,200.

Management have now agreed to look at all the grievances they previously dismissed. That shows how effective the strike is.

But the attempts to victimise activists continue. This week two activists received letters informing them of their demotion to support worker (a starting grade).

As a minimum, any return to work agreement must have all disciplinary threats and demotions dropped.

We badly need invitations to speak at meetings to spread the word about the strike and to raise money.


MANAGEMENT in Swansea council have produced a new offer which IT workers were considering as their strike entered its eighth week.

In the meantime the strikers are still upbeat. A ballot of all Unison members across Swansea council has delivered a resounding yes for industrial action in support of the IT workers.


Write to Strike Committee, Unison, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth Street, Liverpool L3 9RJ.

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Sat 9 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1922
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