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Local government strike ballot gets underway in Scotland

Issue No. 2420

A strike ballot of 70,000 local government workers in Scotland began on Tuesday. The Unison union is recommending a yes vote.  

Workers want an extra £1 an hour and a minimum Living Wage for all staff. 

Local government bosses imposed a 1 percent pay offer this year after Unison members narrowly voted to accept the same deal for last year.

“We face hard-nosed employers and if they think they can get away with it they will impose 1 percent again for 2015,” one Glasgow Unison steward told Socialist Worker. 

“We must organise workplace meetings, mass leafleting and make sure everyone votes.

“People are asking how we can win. A one-day strike can show we are united but we need to show them we are a threat. National action is the way to go.

“We should strike together with local government workers in England and Wales on 14 October and follow it up quickly with escalated action. The bigger the strikes, the quicker we can win.”

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Tue 9 Sep 2014, 16:47 BST
Issue No. 2420
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