Council workers in Coventry have stepped up their action against the imposition of a Single Status scheme which will see many workers' wages cut by up to 33%. Single Status comes in the name of equal and fair pay, but in practice penalises some of the worst-off workers.
The indefinite selective strike has in recent weeks picked up with the involvement of school admissions staff, refuse collectors and even workers in Exchequer Banking at the council, who are mobilising in solidarity with fellow Unison members despite not being affected by the scheme themselves.
The Unison website comments: "We are in this for the long haul. We are planning more action from other groups of workers and intend to lobby MPs and Councillors again. We also are going to plan a large publicity campaign in London to highlight our cause and the need for Government funding to allow Councils to deliver equal pay but with out the devastating cuts to some workers. We hope the Council listen to us and use their powers to help support this lobby. One thing is for sure; UNISON will not go away and will not give up this fight. We will continue to do everything we can to keep this fight alive."
For more information about the ongoing strike, visit 'voice from the picket line' at http://picketline.coventryunison.co.uk.