Social workers at Southampton Council joined local government workers’ indefinite rolling strikes on 3 August as the Tory-led council continues to push ahead with its cuts programme.
Nearly 500 workers in the social care department struck on Wednesday 3 August, and Unison members will take a further 6 days’ action from 4 August. The strike highlights in particular the insulting £1,400 “market supplement” offered to some social workers, intended to offset the impact of cuts but which the workers’ union describes as “part of the problem, not the solution”.
Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said “The extended strike action by social workers demonstrates the depth of the anger over the Council’s actions. The industrial action will spread unless the Council negotiates a fair settlement with its workforce.”