“Council workers deserve a decent wage” said a local union organiser as staff at Eastleigh Borough Council prepare to take part in a national day of strike action tomorrow (Thursday 10 July) in support of improved pay and conditions.
Hundreds of Carers, social workers, refuse collectors, street cleaners and teaching assistants all over Hampshire are expected to take part in the action and staff are expected to picket Eastleigh Civic Offices.
The council say they expect some disruption to waste collections including black and green wheeled bins, glass, food and garden waste.
A council spokesman said:
“The message to householders who have a Thursday collection is that they should put out their waste or recycling bins as usual and leave them out. We aim to empty any uncollected bins as soon as possible.
All other Council facilities will remain open as usual and most services should not be noticeably affected by the action. The Council will do everything it can to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.”
UNISON Regional Organiser Andy Starker said in a statement:
“Council workers have kept on going in the face of four years of draconian Government cuts to keep local services in Hampshire running. They care for our elderly and our vulnerable, keep our streets clean and educate and look after our children. They deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this Government.
“Taking strike action is never easy but our members are sending a clear message to the Government that they have had enough. Low paid women make up the backbone of most local councils and they deserve to be paid a decent wage.
“The employers must get back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute.”
Council Leader Keith House commented:
“I very much regret this national strike action. The only people that may be affected are some local residents and businesses. We will do everything we can to minimize any disruption to our services“.