ON WEDNESDAY of this week strikers from 30 London Unison union branches were due to march through central London to a rally. This action came at the end of their latest four week long round of selective strike action in pursuit of a London weighting allowance of £4,000. The latest strike has seen the highest involvement of strikers, with 1,500 members bringing a range of council services to a standstill. The employers have been left in no doubt about their workers' determination to win the full claim.
An unofficial meeting of around 80 strikers from 15 Unison branches last week saw members discuss how to broaden and deepen the campaign. The idea of broadening the strike to involve all members was popular, but members will want to be confident that the strategy chosen could win. Ideally, this would involve other public sector workers.
Too many chances to unite across the public sector have been missed. Postal workers in the CWU union are due to ballot on strike action over London weighting. The leaders of both unions should immediately start talking about the possibility of joint action.