SOME 350 social workers in Leeds, members of Unison, held three days of strike action over pay last week. This follows a one-day strike in September and ongoing industrial action where workers refused to take on any new cases.
Management made a substantially improved offer. But they excluded about 50 social workers and threatened workers with a lockout if they didn't return to normal working. A mass meeting of over 200 social workers rejected the offer and decided to escalate the action.
'We went into this action together. We will come out of it together. We will not be bullied and bribed by management,' said one social worker. A mass meeting this week will discuss whether to further escalate the action by going on strike for at least a week.
A strike fund has been set up. Phone the Leeds Unison local government branch on 0113 245 8442.