Unions open 'low pay soup kitchen' in Victoria Square

Union members hold a soup kichen and give out leaflets in Victoria Square

Union members hold a soup kichen and give out leaflets in Victoria Square

First published in News

UNIONS opened a ‘low pay soup kitchen’ on the steps of Bolton Town Hall to show how council cuts are affecting their members.

The public sector union Unison and the Bolton branch of General Trade Union (GMB) held a joint rally and gave out soup and a roll to passers-by for three hours.

The campaign is to highlight their fight for a pay increase of £1 an hour across the board to all council workers this financial year.

Bolton Council’s budget for 2014/15 will be set later this month and is expected to offer its employees a one per cent rise.

Bernadette Gallager, Bolton Unison branch secretary, said they want a living wage for the lowest paid, and want the government to ensure councils have the money to fund the rise.

She added: “We had an excellent response on Victoria Square as we gave out leaflets and cups of soup to passers-by.

“People kept saying ‘good luck’ and ‘good on you when we talked about our pay campaign.”

“Our members in local government have had years of pay freezes and one per cent rises, yet basic living costs have rocketed. We know that we can’t carry on like this.”

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1:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

hal pel says...

What about those who work for low wages in the private sector? Are they not worthy of representation?
What about those who work for low wages in the private sector? Are they not worthy of representation? hal pel
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3:51pm Mon 10 Feb 14

I, Ludicrous says...

And we'll just magic this money up will we? Bunch of self-serving tossers.
And we'll just magic this money up will we? Bunch of self-serving tossers. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: -1

5:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

I want a pay rise too please!!!

And MORE FREE soup!!!
I want a pay rise too please!!! And MORE FREE soup!!! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 3

11:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Who caused the soup kitchens in the first place?. Oh yeah it was Labour wasnt it.
Who caused the soup kitchens in the first place?. Oh yeah it was Labour wasnt it. thomas222
  • Score: 1

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