UNISON MEMBERS working for London's Westminster council are set to start strikes next week over privatisation, attacks on their pensions and working conditions. The action is due to start with 77 workers in the parking and highways licensing departments coming out.
In later weeks other groups from environmental services and other areas are due to come out. The Tory council plans to privatise up to 80 percent of all council services. The move will also lead to a two-tier workforce, with new staff taken on with much worse wages and conditions than existing staff. Westminster Unison held a successful branch-wide one-day strike involving 1,000 workers last month.
Up to 800 workers have voted for all-out strikes to continue the fight. The fight is a crucial one for every local government worker. If Westminster gets away with its attack it will encourage other councils to try and follow suit.