2m people on the street predicted as GMB members to join July 10th strike
by Tim Lezard – 27th June 2014, 15.15 BST
GMB members working in local government have today voted to join NUT, PCS and UNISON members on strike on July 10th.
Unite members are expected on Monday to join them.
GMB announced an official strike in local authorities and schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This follows a ballot of members that saw a 73% vote in favour of going on strike.
The strike is for 24 hours on 10 July.
The ballot was conducted by the Electoral Reform Society and they reported 26,281 votes in favour of strike action, 9,799
against and 51 spoilt papers.
Turnout was 23% which is slightly above average.
GMB National Secretary, Brian Strutton, said
“Our members have spoken loud and clear and said they want to go on strike.
We have tried sensible discussions, we’ve sought to negotiate reasonably, we’ve said we are willing to accept ACAS
arbitration rather than go on strike – but to everything we’ve tried the employers have said “no”. So we have no choice.
GMB members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins,
With other unions involved too, the 10 July looks like being the second biggest dispute ever with up to 2 million workers on
strike says GMB. GMB has announced an official strike in local authorities and schools across England, Wales and Northern