After nine strike days since the start of July, and a lot of vibrant campaigning, Tower Hamlets council workers are regrouping in their fight to stop the “Tower Rewards” attack on their terms and conditions.
Under the anti-union laws, they need to reballot to strike again. There are rumours that the national Unison leadership, despite its public support for the dispute, is dragging its feet and insisting on drawn-out procedures that will make further action impossible for a while yet.
Unison activists will push the union leaders to move faster. We can help by continuing to build support for the workers.
As Tower Hamlets Unison social care convener Amina Patel told us last month:
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had since the action began. The strikes have really [built] momentum. The virtual rallies have been great and so have the picket lines... It’s been really powerful…
“Where is the campaign to get more funding? They use this excuse but they are not fighting the government for more money. They obviously feel that confronting the government is too hard, but confronting the workers is easy, because we’re weak. We’re showing them we’re not weak.”