20,000 Birmingham council workers to strike

20,000 GMB, UNISON, AMICUS, TGWU (Unite) and UCATT members will strike alongside teachers and lecturers against council plans to use ‘Single Status’ negotiations to cut pay and jobs.

Submitted by Steven. on April 16, 2008

Council workers will be protesting against the new pay and grading system imposed by Birmingham council last week, affecting 40,000 staff.

UNISON has branded the structure discriminatory. Though it was designed to end wage inequalities, some workers will lose up to half their pay.

The strike will be on 23 and 24 April. Around 20,000 council workers took part in the last strike, on 5 February.

Despite the fact that all councils are implementing single status reviews, and strikes have already occured in Glasgow and Argyll and Bute Councils - with many more disputes brewing, UNISON is leaving individual branches to all fight alone.