Union members at Eastleigh Borough Council joined thousands of council workers, teachers and firefighters across the country in a one day strike over pay and pensions today.
Pickets were outside the civic offices and the council depot at Hedge End.
Unison Branch Secretary Mark Lonsdale told Eastleigh News:
“It’s about fairness we’ve had a 1% pay rise in four years” adding that due to inflation this equates to an 18% cut in real terms.
“Its not a dispute with our council it’s a dispute with the government and it’s unfair, unnecessarily austere approach to public sector finances and ultimately our pay.”
“We are clearly not ‘all in it together’ – look at what MPs have voted for themselves recently”
Lonsdale argued that a pay rise for public sector workers would find its way back into the wider economy and help drive the recovery.
The union rep said there are a furher two days of action planned for September but hoped the matter could be resolved before then
Reacting to Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to tighten strike ballot legislation he said he thought the UK already had “extremely stringent” trade union rules about strike action and balloting but added that he would like to see the response rate to ballots increased.
It was difficult to tell to what extent staff at the civic offices had decided to support the strike but it was clear that many were still coming into work although some were stopping to speak to pickets and even offer donations.
Mark Lonsdale said that many workers supported the claim for higher wages but simply could not afford to lose a day’s pay.
The council has released advice below regarding revised bin collections revealing that 60% of bins were not collected today:
Green Bins – 40% of green bins will be collected today. If your bin is not collected today it will be emptied at your next scheduled collection in two weeks time. Residents can collect up to three clear sacks free of charge to store any excess recycling in. They are available from Chandler’s Ford Parish Council, Fair Oak Parish Council, Bishopstoke Parish Council, Eastleigh House and Hedge End Depot (check websites for opening hours).
Black Bins – put your bins out as normal and they will be collected today
Garden Waste – put your bins out as normal and they will be collected today
Glass Boxes – Chandler’s Ford Area
- Hiltingbury Road, Lakewood Road, Kingsway, Hursley Court and Ashton Place and the other roads off them will be collected Friday 11 July
- Hocombe Road, Bodycoats Road, the Scantabout area, Alexandra Road, Hursley Rd 267-307 and the other roads off them will be collected Monday 14 July
Food Waste – any food waste that has not been collected along with your green bin today will be collected next week with the domestic waste.