Archive article from The Socialist Issue 394
Coventry council - no to the 'single status' deal
No pay cuts!
COVENTRY COUNCIL workers are fighting a pay-cutting deal being imposed under the 'single status' agreement. Single status is supposed to bring pay parity in local government, across all grades but it is being used by many councils as an excuse to drive wages down.
The Socialist Party in Coventry and its two councillors, Karen McKay and Dave Nellist, have called for no losers in any deal. We have been the only party to oppose it inside and outside the council chamber.
At the strike rally on 19 May, New Labour leader John Mutton was heckled with workers shouting: "You didn't vote for your council expenses to be cut, did you?".
Over 4.500 workers were on strike on 19 May and on 24 and 25 May.
UNISON steward Nick John, reports what happened, in a personal capacity.
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