Council Workers Strike Solidarity
Industrial Workers of the World has extended its solidarity with Council and Education workers taking industrial action. Over the next few weeks workers with the Education Authority and the Derry City & Strabane District Council commenced strike action on the picket lines demanding better pay rejecting earlier pay offers as "derisory".
A spokesperson for the IWW in Derry said that "The fact that workers have taken the decision to get back on the streets has to be welcomed. Workers have watched how recent price rises has impacted upon their lives directly and it will not change unless we fight for it ourselves.
"Recent pay offers muted have been right rejected by workers on the ground which has led to todays unfolding industrial action. We extend our support to workers who have taken the strength in recent victories and decided upon strike action.
"We fully support workers taking strike action and you can see by the reaction on the picket lines, and in talking to other workers that there is widespread support for them on the ground."
Unions representing both Council and Education Workers have noted that industrial action to continue until Sunday, May 1 and will resume between Tuesday, May 3 to Sunday, May 8.