Members and supporters of Coventry Unison released 3,000 balloons on Hearsall Common last Saturday. They were highlighting their continuing strikes against Coventry council’s imposition of single status pay, and the council’s failure to backdate pay increases to “gainers” under single status.
Schools admissions workers have struck, followed by exchequer and street cleansing workers. A rolling programme of strike action will continue, fully funded by Unison. Unfortunately, the T&G and GMB unions are not striking, although members of those unions would like to become involved.
Coventry’s Tory council tried, and failed, to prevent the strikes by taking legal action against them.
Strikers have been lifted by financial support from around 20 Unison branches, as well as £500 collected on three picket lines last week.
Neil Swatman, the communications officer for Coventry district Unison, said 40,000 leaflets will be distributed to homes in the city, encouraging citizens to write to the leader of the city council supporting the union.