SELECTIVE STRIKE action is continuing in boroughs across London as part of the campaign for £4,000 London weighting. At Tower Hamlets council, east London, pickets were out again throughout the week, blocking post deliveries at the two buildings where post is dealt with. The pickets were enlivened by petitioning and leafleting for the firefighters and for home care workers whose jobs are threatened by privatisation.
Hundreds of signatures were collected for both petitions and three firefighters from Poplar fire station came to speak at a small rally outside the town hall.
Paul Robertson, Unison steward
THE THIRD week of local government workers' selective action brought all unionised frontline services in Newham out on strike. Pickets on Monday succeeded in turning back post and cash deliveries and recruiting some agency workers to Unison.
Managers who attempted to bring in agency workers to run the offices were left with chaos. Senior managers also told housing officers who joined the strike that their action was illegal and demanded that they return to work. So far the union is standing firm and has ignored the intimidation.
REFUSE collectors and street cleaners in Tower Hamlets have voted unanimously to campaign for a London weighting allowance of £4,000.