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Day of action over local government pay can be a springboard to strikes

Issue No. 2387

Local government workers are organising a day of action over pay on Tuesday 4 February. The Unison, GMB and Unite unions are backing the action.

Tower Hamlets Unison branch secretary John McLoughlin spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity about the day.

He said, “This can be an important step toward the first national strike action by local government workers on pay since 2008. The key will be to involve as many workers as possible inside and outside workplaces. 

“Links need to made with other unions and disputes—not least in schools where one in three local government workers are based.”

Some branches, such as Camden in London, hope to hold a demonstration after work on the day with other unions.

One Birmingham City Council worker told Socialist Worker, “The cuts mean we have to absorb the jobs of others with no extra time or pay. We have record levels of people off work sick. 

“The Tories are holding us to ransom with this austerity hogwash. They are dismantling our health and welfare safety net. We need to strike to win.”

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