Unison hails strike as great success

Worcester News: Unison hails strike as great success Unison hails strike as great success

STRIKE action that took place across Worcestershire on Thursday has been hailed as a huge success.

UNISON said the strike by local government and school support workers was an overwhelming success as 2,500 workers in Worcestershire joined more than one million nationwide on picket lines and rallies against this year's pay offer.

In the county 5,000 bins went un-emptied, 29 schools were affected, libraries were impacted and park and ride services were reduced.

Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary, said: "The strength of feeling amongst our local government and school support workers over the issue of pay was plain to see today.

"The decision to take strike action and sacrifice a day's pay was a very difficult one, particularly for the hundreds of thousands of low paid workers, but our members felt this was the only way to have their voices heard.

"We are repeating our calls for the Local Government Employers to get back round the table and negotiate a decent pay offer for those workers who have endured four years of pay freezes and below inflation pay offers as a result of the Government's misguided austerity agenda."

But despite this Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council say they coped very well during the action.

A spokesperson for the city council said they had emptied the majority of the 5,000 recycling bins not collected on Thursday and any remaining in Claines would be collected on Monday.

They added the rest of the services were maintained despite some cleaning teams in the city being reduced in size.

The county council said they too coped well.

"The county council was well prepared for yesterday's strike action," said a spokesperson. "While some disruption took place, mainly in relation to schools and public transport, we had contingency plans in place where possible to minimise impact to services for residents.

"We also kept residents informed via our website and Twitter feed in the lead up to the strike and throughout the day."

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9:28pm Fri 11 Jul 14

,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[] says...

The council Are lie ing over half of the bins are stil not done . They are in Saturday and Monday ??? Two days to collect one days work and they said the have done most of the bins does not add up to me
The council Are lie ing over half of the bins are stil not done . They are in Saturday and Monday ??? Two days to collect one days work and they said the have done most of the bins does not add up to me ,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[]
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6:36am Sat 12 Jul 14

worcester man67 says...

I have no sympathy for these strikers whinging about only having a 1% pay rise. I know many people who work for small cash strapped companies in the private sector who would only dream of a pay rise and many of these people have had not had a pay rise for at least 4 years!
I have no sympathy for these strikers whinging about only having a 1% pay rise. I know many people who work for small cash strapped companies in the private sector who would only dream of a pay rise and many of these people have had not had a pay rise for at least 4 years! worcester man67
  • Score: 4

7:09am Sat 12 Jul 14

Mike5305 says...

worcester man67 wrote:
I have no sympathy for these strikers whinging about only having a 1% pay rise. I know many people who work for small cash strapped companies in the private sector who would only dream of a pay rise and many of these people have had not had a pay rise for at least 4 years!
I have sympathy with anyone who is low paid whether they are in the private or public sector. We all work to live and it's not 'whinging' to fight to maintain a living wage.
[quote][p][bold]worcester man67[/bold] wrote: I have no sympathy for these strikers whinging about only having a 1% pay rise. I know many people who work for small cash strapped companies in the private sector who would only dream of a pay rise and many of these people have had not had a pay rise for at least 4 years![/p][/quote]I have sympathy with anyone who is low paid whether they are in the private or public sector. We all work to live and it's not 'whinging' to fight to maintain a living wage. Mike5305
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9:18am Sat 12 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Mike5305 wrote:
worcester man67 wrote:
I have no sympathy for these strikers whinging about only having a 1% pay rise. I know many people who work for small cash strapped companies in the private sector who would only dream of a pay rise and many of these people have had not had a pay rise for at least 4 years!
I have sympathy with anyone who is low paid whether they are in the private or public sector. We all work to live and it's not 'whinging' to fight to maintain a living wage.
The trouble is many of those who suffer as a result of this strike are the low paid who have to take time off work themselves in order to look after their children.
The only inconvenience to me was my bin being emptied a day late. So as far as I am concerned anyone who took strike action wasted their time.
[quote][p][bold]Mike5305[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]worcester man67[/bold] wrote: I have no sympathy for these strikers whinging about only having a 1% pay rise. I know many people who work for small cash strapped companies in the private sector who would only dream of a pay rise and many of these people have had not had a pay rise for at least 4 years![/p][/quote]I have sympathy with anyone who is low paid whether they are in the private or public sector. We all work to live and it's not 'whinging' to fight to maintain a living wage.[/p][/quote]The trouble is many of those who suffer as a result of this strike are the low paid who have to take time off work themselves in order to look after their children. The only inconvenience to me was my bin being emptied a day late. So as far as I am concerned anyone who took strike action wasted their time. New Kid on the Block
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10:40am Sat 12 Jul 14

Mike5305 says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
Mike5305 wrote:
worcester man67 wrote:
I have no sympathy for these strikers whinging about only having a 1% pay rise. I know many people who work for small cash strapped companies in the private sector who would only dream of a pay rise and many of these people have had not had a pay rise for at least 4 years!
I have sympathy with anyone who is low paid whether they are in the private or public sector. We all work to live and it's not 'whinging' to fight to maintain a living wage.
The trouble is many of those who suffer as a result of this strike are the low paid who have to take time off work themselves in order to look after their children.
The only inconvenience to me was my bin being emptied a day late. So as far as I am concerned anyone who took strike action wasted their time.
The fact that the strike is in the press and people are talking about it proves that it wasn't a waste of time. It isn't the intention to inconvenience the public but to raise awareness - in that it seems to have worked pretty well.
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike5305[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]worcester man67[/bold] wrote: I have no sympathy for these strikers whinging about only having a 1% pay rise. I know many people who work for small cash strapped companies in the private sector who would only dream of a pay rise and many of these people have had not had a pay rise for at least 4 years![/p][/quote]I have sympathy with anyone who is low paid whether they are in the private or public sector. We all work to live and it's not 'whinging' to fight to maintain a living wage.[/p][/quote]The trouble is many of those who suffer as a result of this strike are the low paid who have to take time off work themselves in order to look after their children. The only inconvenience to me was my bin being emptied a day late. So as far as I am concerned anyone who took strike action wasted their time.[/p][/quote]The fact that the strike is in the press and people are talking about it proves that it wasn't a waste of time. It isn't the intention to inconvenience the public but to raise awareness - in that it seems to have worked pretty well. Mike5305
  • Score: -2
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