Jubilee South branch stands in solidarity with striking Tower Hamlets council workers

Council workers in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets are due to strike on 3, 6, and 7 July, against their bosses' plans to dismiss thousands of workers and re-engage them on worse terms and conditions.

At its meeting on 1 July, RMT Jubilee South branch, which organises workers at Canary Wharf station, in the borough of Tower Hamlets, launched a solidarity statement in support of the strike, and donated £200 to the workers' strike fund. RMT activists are organising to secure additional branch and individual signatories to the statement.

For more information on the strike and the dispute, including details of virtual and physical picket lines, see: https://towerhamlets.unison.site/2020/06/30/support-our-strike-how-you-c...

The statement

As an RMT branch organising Tube workers in workplaces in Tower Hamlets, we stand in full solidarity with Tower Hamlets Unison members in their fight to defend their terms and conditions, and to maintain the services they provide to the borough.

Like us on London Underground, as key workers you have continued to provide essential services all through the Covid crisis at great personal risk to yourselves and your families, but now you are to be ‘rewarded‘ with the sack in order to impose inferior terms and conditions. 

It is a disgrace that a Labour Council, whose leaders are working safely from home during Covid, should act in this way. Labour Councils are elected to defend and extend social provision in our communities, and TH is already one of the most deprived, with a large BAME community that has been among the hardest hit, and the council should be part of the resistance to central government cuts, not the active accomplice. 

Full solidarity to the workers on strike. See you on the picket lines.