Newham social workers consider strike action

Over 100 social workers in Newham are being balloted on strike
action in protest at the council’s decision to make additional
payments to social workers in the children in need team.

Unison branch chairperson Michael Gavan said: “We’re sad
we’re having to call our members out on strike, but management’s
intransigence leaves us with no choice. We cannot accept that the
council can pay extra money to a minority of social workers but
ignore the rest.

“All our social workers work hard in difficult conditions. They
all deserve the extra money.”

Ballot papers will be sent out next week and if the vote is in
favour, the first day of strike action will be in June, followed by
two further strikes in July and August.

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