COUNCIL workers in Hackney, east London, are to strike for a day on 1 May against pay cuts and worse conditions. Workers in the UNISON union had voted for a five-day strike, and the branch committee endorsed this.
However, a stewards' meeting voted for a one-day strike because they felt the majority for strike action was too narrow. There were initial objections at the regional and national levels of UNISON even to this strike.
But it is to go ahead and should be built as strongly as possible. Other workers should give support and join the May Day march (see page 3). There is a danger a mood of defiance and struggle is being thrown away. Hackney was national news with a series of occupations and protests at the start of the fight last October. It was then time to escalate the strikes and force a political crisis.
Dragging out the battle has led to confusion and some loss of momentum. Activists must demand that a five-day strike is reinstated as soon as possible and that it is seriously built.
A TORY and a Liberal Democrat councillor from Hackney were sentenced to jail last week for what is believed to be the biggest voting fraud in British electoral history.
The cheating at the 1998 council elections meant that Labour did not get an overall majority on the council. However, Labour has been in coalition with the Tories for nearly a year, and both parties agree on making huge cuts and attacking the workforce.