Over 1,200 workers at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) walked out of work for a half-day strike today, Thursday, in a row over pay.
The Prospect union members are angry that HSE bosses have imposed the Tories’ 1 percent public sector pay cap despite an overwhelming rejection of the pay offer.
Around 30 HSE workplaces across Britain were affected by the walkout.
One Prospect union rep from the South West told Socialist Worker, “We’re very pleased with how it has went, at our place most people walked out.
“George Osborne is telling us wage settlements are up but we’re frozen at 1 percent – it’s not good enough. All we want is a reasonable pay settlement.”
Outside the HSE’s London office over 50 joined a strike rally at which the workers’ Prospect union general secretary Mike Clancy spoke. Paul Embery brought solidarity from the firefighters’ FBU union.
Simon Hester is Prospect HSE branch council member for London and the South East. He told Socialist Worker, “We didn’t join HSE for the money but to provide an essential public service.
“Everyone on the protest has investigated serious accidents where workers have had life-changing injuries. Most have met with bereaved families of people killed at work.
“But we object to year on year pay cuts to bail out the banks who caused the economic crisis. HSE management need to stop hiding behind government policy.
“And our national union should see that we are ready to fight and to come out with other public sector workers.”