Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/14658

Posted on 11 June 2012 at 10:35 GMT

Council admin workers in Kirklees strike against cuts

Admin workers in Kirklees had a successful one day strike on 30 May 2012.

425 mainly women Unison members who are affected by the review of Kirklees council's business support function are taking the brunt of the council's cuts programme by being threatened with redundancy or having cuts in their pay.

Many workers who work alongside the admin staff refused to cross the picket lines and donated money to the hardship funds.

Some women joined the picket lines for the first time, showing their determination to fight and sending a clear message to Kirklees council that they won't accept cuts in pay or redundancies.

Already 200 out of 750 jobs have been shed through deleting vacant posts and voluntary early retirements and now approximately 30 staff have been told their wages will be cut. Staffing levels are now dangerously low, yet the council's attitude is 'you're lucky to have a job', and 'if you don't like the job you're offered why don't you leave!'

This shows pure comtempt from a council who award their executives pay rises and are now creating more directors' jobs - 18 months after they claimed to have downsized the director level!

On 7 June the Unison members met and agreed to step up the action by striking on 12th, 13th and 14th June! The union branch has asked the national union for agreement to ballot the whole branch as many members are affected in just the same way in the ongoing departmental reviews.

Many members who we spoke to said that they want to support the admin workers by striking alongside them.

This may well be the case if the ballot goes ahead. Their fight is our fight! Please send donations and messages of support to: Kirklees Unison branch secretary, West Yorkshire House, New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP

Angie Waller

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 11 June 2012 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

Facebook   Twitter








Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter



Related links:

Kirklees:

triangleCouncil proposes worst cuts in living memory

triangleGetting under Labour's skin in Southwark

triangleNarrow vote against action in Kirklees Unison

triangleDefend the NHS - Stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Strike:

triangleReject the austerity lies

triangleRefuse workers strike against wages theft

triangleEssex: nine day fire control strike

triangleWe need a fighting, democratic union

Cuts:

triangleDefend the NHS

triangleOsborne's total eclipse

triangleFighting against the cuts for the most vulnerable

Council:

triangleHow we defeated Thatcher's poll tax

triangleCouncillors do have a choice over cuts

Unison:

triangleSpecial conference votes for submission of new pay claim

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

25/3/15

Unison

Special conference votes for submission of new pay claim

25/3/15

Unite

Unite conference hears how zero-hours were beaten

25/3/15

Blacklisting

Anti-blacklisting leader arrested at Hilton protest

25/3/15

Appeal

Socialist Party election appeal 2015

25/3/15

London

Inspired by Bob Crow to stand for TUSC

25/3/15

Them & Us

Them & Us

25/3/15

Lewisham

Lewisham: Marching against academies

25/3/15

Salford

Fighting against the cuts for the most vulnerable

25/3/15

Leicester

Attempt to exclude TUSC from Leicester hustings

25/3/15

Austerity

Fighting racism, austerity and capitalism

25/3/15

Libraries

Saving libraries: it's a page-turner!

20/3/15

Waltham Forest

Whipps Cross and Barts NHS crisis: Cancel all PFI!

20/3/15

Construction workers

Anti-Blacklisting activist arrested on Crossrail protest

18/3/15

Barking & Dagenham

Refuse workers strike against wages theft

18/3/15

Unite

Socialist elected to Unite executive council

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

triangle25 Mar Israel-Palestine: Likud election victory

photo Dave Sinclair

triangle25 Mar How we defeated Thatcher's poll tax

photo David Smith

triangle25 Mar A voice for the 99%

triangle25 Mar Special conference votes for submission of new pay claim

photo Paul Mattsson

triangle25 Mar Reject the austerity lies

triangle20 Mar Whipps Cross and Barts NHS crisis: Cancel all PFI!

Helen Pattison argues for a minimum 10 an hour wage, photo Paul Mattsson

triangle18 Mar Fight for 10 an hour now!

More ...

triangle28 Mar Barking & Dagenham Socialist Party: Marxism opposes Terrorism

triangle30 Mar Chesterfield Socialist Party: How to challenge Ukip in May's election

triangle30 Mar Leeds Socialist Party: Art and Revolution

triangle1 Apr Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Terrorism and its causes

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice