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:

triangleNational Museum workers accept deal

triangleNUT members vote 91.7% for strike

triangleSouthern conductors back on the picket lines

Cuts:

triangleLambeth Socialist Party: After the EU vote - can we kick the Tories out too?

triangleUnison local government conference 2016

triangleSolidarity to end LGBT-phobia

Council:

triangleBFAWU conference 2016: "A council of war"

triangle148,000 households faced risk of eviction

Unison:

triangleUnison conference 2016: fighting leadership needed more than ever

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

5/7/16

Manchester

Manchester & Trafford Socialist Party: 1926 General Strike - 100 years on

25/6/16

EU

June - July meetings on the EU referendum result

24/6/16

Union

NUT members vote 91.7% for strike

24/6/16

TUSC

TUSC press release: EU referendum

24/6/16

National Museum of Wales

National Museum workers accept deal

24/6/16

National Museum of Wales

National Museum workers accept deal

23/6/16

Sheffield

Sheffield UCU strikers run alternative open day

22/6/16

LGBT

LGBT liberation and socialism

22/6/16

Refugees

Convoy to Calais: Outrageous blocking of aid for refugees

22/6/16

BFAWU

Reinstate sacked Samworth Brothers union activist

22/6/16

RMT

Southern conductors back on the picket lines

22/6/16

Unison

Unison local government conference 2016

22/6/16

Leeds

Parents in Leeds discuss attacks on education

22/6/16

BFAWU

BFAWU conference 2016: "A council of war"

22/6/16

Rail

Solid strike against "Britain's worst train company"

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

triangle25 Jun June - July meetings on the EU referendum result

triangle24 Jun Tories Out! General election now

triangle24 Jun National Museum workers accept deal

Leeds vigil to give solidarity with Orlando LGBT shooting victims, 13.6.16

triangle22 Jun LGBT liberation and socialism

triangle22 Jun Convoy to Calais: Outrageous blocking of aid for refugees

triangle22 Jun Middle East: Isis under pressure on several fronts

triangle21 Jun Left alternative needed to counter austerity, racism and the far right

More ...

triangle2 Jul NSSN 10th annual conference


triangle27 Jun Wirral Socialist Party: What next after the EU referendum result?

triangle27 Jun Nottingham Socialist Party: What next after the referendum?

triangle27 Jun Carlisle Socialist Party: Establishment defeated, now defeat Tory austerity!

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

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