Socialist Worker

South Gloucestershire council workers back on strike

by Ruairi O’Neill
Issue No. 2379

The picket line at Kingswood library last Saturday

The picket line at Kingswood library last Saturday (Pic: Michal Nahman)


Strong pickets joined the fourth strike in two months in south Gloucester libraries on Saturday of last week. 

The Unison union members are angry at South Gloucestershire council’s attempts to remove enhanced Saturday pay—an average pay cut of 10 percent.

The low paid workers recently rejected an offer from the council in favour of more action.

A local firefighter from the FBU union brought solidarity to strikers at one library and joined discussions about how to build unions and raise workers’ confidence to fight. 

Strikers were lifted by the continuing solidarity received from other trade unionists. 

One striker told Socialist Worker, “We’ve had donations from as far away as Glasgow. 

“Social workers there made a donation, and others from all around the country, which is wonderful.”

They added, “Everybody is in the same position as us because this is a national assault on public services. 

“But there are huge companies that evade their tax and don’t want to pay towards maintaining public services. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

Workers at Vinney Green secure unit didn’t join library staff for the strike as they voted to escalate the action and strike for three days from Tuesday of this week.

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