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Shift changes are the final straw for Doncaster council workers

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2469

Some 200 Doncaster council workers, including street cleaners and gravediggers, were set to walk out for ten days from Friday of this week. 

The strike coincides with the start of one of the town’s biggest events of the year, the St Leger horse racing festival. 

The strike will hit departments including highways, grounds maintenance and cleaning.

Workers in the Unison, Unite and GMB unions are all involved in the action. 

They are angry at changes to shift patterns and terms and conditions.

Doncaster Unison branch secretary Jim Board spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity about the issues fuelling the dispute.

He said, “We’ve had five years of austerity, cuts to local government services, attacks on terms and conditions and being made to ‘do more with less’. 

“The council’s demand that workers now move to shift patterns which mean they would work 26 weekends per year have become the final straw.”

Send messages of solidarity to
Donate to the strike fund. Send cheques payable to Doncaster Unison to Doncaster UNISON, 4th Floor, Colonnades House, Duke Street, Doncaster, DN1 1ER
Pass a motion in your union branch in support of the strikers. Go to for a model motion

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