Fiona Monkman, a member of Islington Unison and of Unison's National Executive Committee, spoke to Solidarity about the London local government workers' strike for increased London weighting on 16 October.
On Thursday 16th the action held up. Some of the picket lines were not as strong as they've been on previous one-day strikes, but in terms of people not going in to work the support was good.
Now the GMB [another union organising local government workers involved in the London weighting claim] is discussing what they will do next - maybe re-ballot.
The Unison local government strike committee meets on Wednesday 21 October, and the union's Industrial Action Committee on Friday 23rd. I think we'll be discussing a move to more across-the-board action before Christmas.In my view, to win this dispute we are going to have to escalate it through increased across-the-board action. Not just more one-day strikes, which are not popular with the membership, but two days, three days or five days.
We should be willing to coordinate action with the postal workers [CWU] if possible. In Islington we have organised a public sector unions' planning meeting for Thursday 22nd, and we'll be discussing what we can to do coordinate locally.