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Council workers battle across the country over cuts and single status

Issue No. 2023


Street cleaning staff downed tools to join the school admissions staff who started strike action last week at picket lines throughout Coventry.

The workers, members of the Unison union, are striking over the controversial pay measures imposed on them by the council last year.

Single status is a government plan which claims to achieve pay parity for all workers regardless of gender and age, but has seen many workers take a pay cut as a result. Street cleaners mounted picket lines at both gates of the Whitley depot last week.

As well as holding banners and placards, the protesters also tried to talk to van and bin lorry drivers going in and out to make sure they were aware of why the strike was happening.

The majority refused to cross the picket line.

School admissions staff returned to work as planned last Friday and the street cleaners’ strike will continue until the end of this week.

Workers were meeting this week to plan the next stage of the campaign.

The local union branch has also launched a blog for anyone who wants to find out how the strike is going. Go to Coventry Unison member


During the campaign for the local elections the Tories promised to protect public services. But in Hammersmith, West London, which is run by the Tories there are cuts in council services that will have a devastating on lives of vulnerable people.

They are planning to privatise the home help service which will mean that carers and supporters will have less time to spend with the most vulnerable people in society.

There are also job cuts in disability services.

It is vital that trade unions and community groups come together to campaign to save services and jobs.

Rachel Eborall


A plan to make up to 200 care workers redundant could prove hugely expensive for the biggest council in Wales.

The council’s Unison branch secretary, Mark Turner, said, “Such savage cuts in vital services can only be detrimental to the care offered to very vulnerable individuals.”


Members of Unison working at Lambeth council, in south London met last week in a crunch meeting to discuss action over plans to axe more than 80 jobs in the housing department. Council chiefs closed six local housing offices last week as part of their plan.

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Sat 21 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2023
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