ALL-OUT STRIKE ACTION ON TUESDAY 28TH MARCH – UPDATE
What a great day of action on 28th March! Locally, to our knowledge, there were 21 schools, 2 libraries and one sports centre shut, and many sections minimally staffed.
We had picket lines at Taberner House, Strand House, Stubbs Mead Depot and (at the last minute) Croydon College, and 20 or so Croydon UNISON members attended the rally in Central London (see below).
Pickets outside Taberner House
Picture courtesy of Croydon Guardian
Other unions gave fantastic support. The local branch of NUT (who had 25 members
at Leon House covered by the LGPS taking the action) joined the picket line
at Taberner and donated £500 to our Industrial Action Fund. We were also joined by activists from PCS
(the Civil Service
Allen Reilly, Secretary of UNISON
All across the Country, there was massive disruption and there
were marches and rallies in many cities.
We now need to prepare for further action. Despite returning to the negotiating table on Wednesday (the day after the strike) the Government has acted provocatively by laying an order before Parliament to change the regulations in October. They say they’re still prepared to consider amending these in the light of further negotiations, but they have until the summer recess to lay the order, so why do it now?
Our answer must be to stiffen our resolve and escalate our action.
Next week 1000 Meat Hygiene workers across the Country will take
strike action from midnight on Sunday 2nd to midnight on Friday 7th
April. There will then be a rolling
programme of one day strikes from 25th April to 27th
April. All members covered by the
Local Government Pension Scheme in
There will be further action in May. Details to be released later.
WHAT YOU CAN DO……..
· Prepare for strike action and encourage all your colleagues who are union members to do so.
· Organise a picket line at your workplace – contact the Branch Office for advice, placards etc on 020 8760 5435 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Complete and return (to the Branch Office) the Branch Levy Form, to help pay for selective strike action taken by specific groups of members in the future.
· Let us know how many people are going to strike in your workplace.
Please be absolutely clear – we only agree to exemptions for life and limb cover. This means the minimum number of individuals necessary to provide essential services. We don’t give blanket exemptions for any service, so the fact that you work in an essential services doesn’t necessarily mean that you are exempt.
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