7 November 2013
The dispute at South Glos Council will see further strike action over the next week. This is following a 66% rejection of the council’s offer of a 1 yr buy out of their Saturday enhancements. The turnout in the ballot was 69% which was higher that the industrial and indicative ballots and involved more members as 28 workers have joined the union in affected areas since the strike vote. This brings to total of workers in the union involved at 217.
9th November a strike from 10am to 2pm will see Library assistants, CEO and Elderly people’s home workers take action.
Then on the 12th, 13th and 14th of November Vinney Green Secure Unit staff will take strike action continuously. This is a serious escalation of the action by those workers.
Messages of support and donations have been a huge boost to those taking action. We have received many donations from trade union branches and not just from Unison. Solidarity was given by UCU strikers at UWE last week when around £60 was collected on the picket lines. We have received a fantastic collection from Bridgewater Postal Workers who recently undertook 9 days of strike action when a gate collection raised around £160 following a Saturday shift. I was told by the postal worker who organised this that their own strike had raised the importance of financial solidarity and the fact that South Glos Unison had supported them made the workers there keen to give us solidarity. A trade unionist in South Glos working in a private sector employer where the union is not recognized raised over £50 showing the ability to build solidarity between private and public sector workers. Recently outsourced adult care staff in Bath collected around £60 when a steward took the collection sheet round his workmates. There are many more examples!
Messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org