As the week of strike action at EHRC in London comes to a close, the branch explains the importance of the support they have received as they pass the baton onto colleagues in Cardiff.
Members working for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Fleetbank House, London, have taken a week’s strike action this week as part of a rolling programme of strike action which started in Glasgow on 22 May. Members at the EHRC are in dispute with management over budget cuts, redundancies and the sacking of nine members of staff.
The picket line outside Fleetbank House has been very well supported all week and the striking members received donations from other PCS branches, other unions and members of the public.
One of the members said: “We spent our final strike day in glorious sunshine surrounded by supportive well-wishers and representatives from across the trade union and labour movement.
“The lively picket line saw uplifting speeches from the National Shop Stewards Network and reps from the MoJ Royal Courts of Justice branch, DfT and DWP.
“We also heard rallying calls and messages of support from Hector Wesley on the NEC, Candy Udwin from the National Gallery, and Laurie Heselden from Sertuc who praised the commitment from the STUC and Wales TUC not to cooperate with the Commission while the dispute goes on.
“Alberto from the cleaners' union CAIWU also spoke eloquently about their campaign to get their members reinstated, drawing parallels between both disputes. We were also delighted to be joined by Chip from Poetry on the Picket, who also gave us a very generous donation at the ADC in Brighton. We're still calculating the full amount raised at ADC but we think it is at least £3000 and we thank everyone for their generosity.
“London members are in awe at the love and support shown to them and wish fellow members in Cardiff the best of luck as they gear up for their action next week.”
Further strike action
Members in Cardiff will be on strike next week from 29 May – 2 June and the following week members in Manchester will be on strike, from 5 – 9 June.
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