COUNCIL WORKERS in Newham, east London, have voted by 86 percent for strikes to defend their Unison union branch. The New Labour council wants to axe the union facility time for elected branch officers and evict the union branch from its office in a council building. Unison chair Michael Gavan told Socialist Worker,
'This is a very significant vote, especially when you consider the barrage of propaganda our members faced from management. But our members have seen through New Labour lies and shown they are ready to fight to defend their union. We will now see if the council is prepared to change its tune. If it doesn't we will be calling strikes as soon as possible after the schools, where lots of our members work, go back from the Easter break on 19 April.'