4,600 workers employed by Southampton Council face a threat to sign a new contract which includes a 5% pay cut or be sacked. Similar attacks are taking place in Birmingham, Doncaster and Shropshire. 1000 UNISON and Unite the union members in Southampton struck on 13 July.
700 union members including port health officers, librarians, ItchenBridge toll collectors and refuse collection, street cleaning, and parking enforcement workers are taking selective action. In a divide and rule move the council is offering children’s social workers a £1400 supplement if they sign. Most have not. Camden UNISON has sent a message of support and donated £450 to the strike fund. What happens in Southampton could be decisive in whether the tactic of mass sacking spreads.
More information and photos at: www.soton-unison-office.org.uk