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#J10 UPDATE: Strike, Picket, Demonstrate!

One and a half million workers will be on strike this Thursday, 10 July. UNISON, GMB and Unite members in local government will join trade unionists from the PCS and NIPSA unions in the civil service, teachers in the NUT and firefighters from the FBU in the biggest strike since the pensions dispute in November 2011. Then, joint action on a massive scale won improvements to the proposed new Local Government Pension Scheme. This time round we can force the employers to pay more than the pathetic 1% they are offering, and at the same time strike a blow against austerity and the relentless attacks on our public services.

Picket Lines

Hampshire UNISON is calling on its members covered by the ballot to participate fully in Thursday’s action, by striking and picketing their workplace. Picket lines have been confirmed at the following workplaces:

  • EII Court, Winchester
  • Hampshire Records Office, Winchester
  • Clarendon, Falcon and Montgomery Houses, Monarch Way, Winchester
  • Lanterns Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Winchester
  • Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh
  • Havant Public Service Plaza
  • Dame Mary Fagan House, Basingstoke (Vertex)
  • Fareham Borough Council Offices
  • Fareham Day Services
  • Totton Hub
  • Hythe Library

Winchester Demonstration

We are also calling for support for a march and rally in Winchester over lunchtime, which will assemble at 12.30pm by the Hog Statue outside the Castle. Move off time is scheduled for 1pm, and the route will take marchers through central Winchester before returning for a rally and speeches outside the Great Hall.

If you want to find out more about what is happening in your area on Thursday, or you can help out by organising to picket your workplace, or leaflet members of the public, please contact your local rep or the branch office.

Hardship Fund

As in previous strikes, the branch will be operating a limited hardship fund to support members who take strike action and suffer particular financial difficulties as a result. Members who wish to apply for assistance will be able to download an application form via this website shortly after the strike.

Links

> Local Government Pay Strike: Find out more

> Blog by Heather Wakefield, Head of UNISON Local Government: ‘An offer council workers must refuse’

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