"I’m here because I can’t afford not to be. Every day is a struggle I have a young child but I can’t afford not to back my Union when it asked me to strike for a fair wage.
Its about doing the right thing……………I can’t afford to keep taking pay cuts!"
On a serious note. I would like to add that While i couldn't afford the strike i new that it was the right thing to do. Every day I struggle with the latest bills. While this strike will have an impact on my pocket over the next month, I ask the ones that did decide to cross the picket line this. "are you prepared to continue to struggle over the next 3 years"? As inflation increases our pockets are set to only get lighter. Life will always be a struggle when it comes to money. Enless you get lucky, It does not mean that you have to stuggle to the point that you have nothing at the end of it. Lets back our union. Unison really proved to me yesterday that my montly payment was worth every penny. To everyone that striked- "Our loss of 2 days pay will hurt us at different levels, Some may be worse off than others, all i can say is this. Its been worth it and i hope the ones that crossed the picket line will look up to us and maybe join us next time.
Dan is a Refuse Loader Driver working for Barnet Council.