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Council workers demand more after Wigan walkout

by Dave Lowe, Unison steward (pc)
Issue No. 2404

Nearly 300 council workers walked out in Wigan on Thursday of last week. 

The strike involved street lighting engineers, environmental health officers and social workers among others.

This followed a breakdown in negotiations between the Unison union and the Labour-run council.

The council has cut the essential car user’s allowance for its workers.

Karen Reissmann from Unison’s national executive committee visited the picket line as did Hovis workers.

The mood of the pickets was determined and they were calling for more strike days.

This is exactly what we need to get the council to reverse its decision.

Thursday’s strike was brilliant, but it will not be enough.

Extending and deepening the industrial action will be the subject of a very important branch committee meeting this week. 


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Tue 20 May 2014, 20:06 BST
Issue No. 2404
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