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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2020

Electricians pay victory

Sandwell council electricians win better pay, photo Sandwell Unison branch

Sandwell council electricians win better pay, photo Sandwell Unison branch   (Click to enlarge)

Electricians at Sandwell Council, West Midlands have won better pay. Unison local government union members had been taking action short of striking since 6 January, after voting 100% on a 94% turnout for both action short of strike action and strike action.

Unison members were to be joined by Unite and GMB in a week-long strike from 2 March. Preparations for picket lines were well advanced, but at the eleventh hour senior management confirmed that electricians will be placed on a higher grade backdated to April 2018. Tony Barnsley, Sandwell Unison branch secretary told the Socialist: "Our members were solid and determined to win the better grade that will see their pay eventually rise by 5,000. Unity in action can secure victories.

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