Road sweepers' strike - Lambeth, 1979

In July 1978, the Labour Government introduced a new guideline for pay rises of 5%. The TUC voted on 26 July to reject the limit and insist on a return to free collective bargaining. Although the government did not make the 5% limit a legal requirement, it decided to impose sanctions on government contractors who broke the limit.

On 22 January, 1979 public sector unions held a "Day of Action", in which they held a 24-hour strike and marched to demand a 60 per week minimum wage. Many workers stayed out indefinitely after that day. This photo shows a Transport and General Workers' picket outside a street cleaners' depot in Lambeth on February 7. The local authority workers dispute was settled on February 21 with an 11% increase plus 1 per week

Title Road sweepers' strike - Lambeth, 1979
Maker Trades Union Congress
Production Date 1979
Format Photograph
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Holding Institution TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
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