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Huddersfield college

by Nick Ruff, Unison branch chair
Issue No. 1983

The strike by 19 caretakers in the Unison union at Huddersfield Technical College completed its tenth week of all out action with the outcome in the balance.

Unfortunately the bribes and threats by the college management, sent to the caretakers at their home addresses before Christmas, led to two of the strikers returning to work on Tuesday of last week.

Union officials visited the scabs at work but were unable to convince them to rejoin the strike. The strikebreakers were escorted past pickets by a convoy of seven senior managers.

The remaining 17 strikers voted to call a meeting of other Unison members at the college to discuss solidarity action.

Despite managers ringing the strikers up at home and threatening them with the sack if they do not return by Monday of next week, no further strikers have gone back to work.

Unison members responded to the attacks at a meeting on Monday of this week. Over 50 Unison members attended a lunchtime meeting to pledge their support for the caretakers.

The meeting voted to call on the national union to ballot them for solidarity action. It unaminously asked the union to call them out on strike if the college does not offer the 17 strikers the same deal as the scabs or if any of those refusing to cross the picket line are victimised.

The strikers’ union steward Dave Ellis had not received a letter from management inviting him back to work.

Messages of support and requests for speakers to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 6QW. Phone 01484 223 577

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Sat 14 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1983
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