Workers at Tory-run Bromley Council in south London held a council-wide strike on Tuesday of this week. It coincided with the end of a seven-day strike by staff in passenger services and by care workers.
The Unite union members are resisting cuts and privatisation that could cut the council workforce from 4,000 to 300.
Care workers told Socialist Worker why they were striking. Mona said, “It’s important to stand up to the council. People’s needs are not the priority anymore.”
Alan agreed. “This is a fight to save services that disabled people rely on,” he said. “Without them people will be languishing at home.”
Workers from libraries, day centres, transport and parks held a strike rally at Bromley Civic Centre.
Unite branch secretary Kathy Smith told the rally, “Today is not the end, and it’s not just about letting off steam. It’s a fight to save our services right to the end.”
Salford Council has been forced to back down from de-recognising Ameen Hadi as a branch officer for Salford Unison, following a determined campaign.
The council had said it had “the right to act and had withdrawn a secondment.” It told Ameen he had to leave the union office and return to his post as an employee.
“This is a massive victory,” said Karen Reissmann, a Unison national executive member (pc). “It happened because workers made clear they were prepared to fight to the end.”