Southampton strikes at "crucial stage"

Submitted by Matthew on 9 June, 2011 - 12:59

Monday June 13 will see a high point in ongoing anti-cuts strikes at Southampton City Council.

On that day five sections involved in the rolling action will overlap for a day of coordinated strikes involving street cleaners, parking wardens, refuse collectors, bridge toll collectors and 250 hospital cleaners working for contractor Medirest at Southampton General.

A joint Unison/Unite march is being held on June 13, starting at 12:30pm at Hoglands Park and marching to the Civic Centre.

Other sections of local authority workers, such as workers in Children’s Social Care, are also maintaining action short of strikes, including not covering vacant posts, non-use of cars and working to contract. Unison sources estimate that the council is having to spend £40,000 on taxis in the Children’s Contact centre alone.

The council has offered talks at ACAS on June 16, but no date has been fixed.

Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said, “our dispute is now reaching a crucial stage. We need financial support, support on our picket lines and support at the demonstration on 13 June.”

• For more information, soton-unison-office.org.uk

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