WE ARE building support across London for a yes vote in the forthcoming strike ballot over pay that will begin on Friday of next week. We could be out on strike on 14 May. There has already been a six to one vote in a consultative ballot by London council workers, who are members of the Unison union.
Our claim is for £4,000 London weighting allowance, which is the extra payment workers get to cover the expense of living in the capital. Our members know that the police get £6,000. They saw the teachers strike before Easter for £4,000. Now it's our turn.
Not one of the 32 branches of Unison in London returned a no vote in the consultative ballot. The turnout reached almost 60 percent in some areas. In my branch in Brent shop stewards have been meeting this week to plan a campaign throughout the workforce to make sure we now get a massive yes vote for a strike.
We will be signing up new members, leafleting and postering workplaces to create an atmosphere that puts the strike day in the minds of all workers.
Planning meeting for activists and stewards over the pay campaign, Wednesday 17 April, 7pm, ULU, Malet Street, London. Called by Westminster and Lambeth Unison branches.