Barnet Unison members push back Labour council strike-breakers

Barnet Unison
Barnet Unison picket line

Barnet Unison has launched further strike action by its members working as mental health social workers. The workers had already taken 27 days of action and, after winning a reballot with a 87% ‘yes’ vote on a 70% turnout, they have called a further 45 days of strikes. Outrageously, the Labour-controlled council intended to use agency labour in a strike-breaking move, even though this anti-union measure was defeated by Unison in the High Court last year, rendering it illegal. However, in a victory for the Unison branch and its members, this move was stopped.