Bolton Council workers to strike in row over pay

The Bolton News: Bernadette Gallagher Bernadette Gallagher

COUNCIL workers and school support workers across Bolton will strike on July 10 after voting in favour of industrial action following a row over pay.

Hundreds of members of public sector union Unison will walk out for 24 hours after a national ballot in protest of a one per cent pay offer.

Unison said local government workers have been “condemned” to three years of pay freezes, followed by below-inflation rises in 2013 and 2014, leaving their pay reduced by almost 20 per cent since the coalition came to power.

Bernadette Gallagher, secretary of the Bolton branch of Unison, said they were gearing up for strike action after the result was announced yesterday.

She added: “Our members can’t continue to accept pay freezes and once per cent pay rises. We believe that our members are worth a decent pay offer, of no less than £1 an hour with £1.20 for the lowest paid.”

The GMB and Unite will announce voting results over the next week, while the Public and Commercial Services union is also balloting members for a strike in a long-running dispute over cuts in the civil service, with the result also due by the end of the month.

Sean Harriss, Bolton Council chief executive, said: “The council is aware that Unison have indicated they will be taking strike action on July 10. The council will work on managing the situation on the day on the strike.”

National Union of Teachers members will also take industrial action on July 10.

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9:57am Tue 24 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

They are in the same situation as millions of other people in this country. Stop pi$$ing and moaning, get on with your job. There are many people suffering the same without the back up of a heavily invested in Union.
They are in the same situation as millions of other people in this country. Stop pi$$ing and moaning, get on with your job. There are many people suffering the same without the back up of a heavily invested in Union. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 4

9:59am Tue 24 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Too add are these the same council workers that backed stupid cuts in areas that deserved more cash while asking for a pay rise?
Too add are these the same council workers that backed stupid cuts in areas that deserved more cash while asking for a pay rise? Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 3

10:49am Tue 24 Jun 14

thomas222 says...

Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.
Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts. thomas222
  • Score: -4

11:21am Tue 24 Jun 14

magic dragon says...

thomas222 wrote:
Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.
This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts.
https://www.unison.o
rg.uk/news/conferenc
e-attacks-increasing
-use-of-zero-hours-c
ontracts
https://www.unison.o
rg.uk/news/unison-sa
ys-government-hittin
g-wrong-mark-on-zero
-hour-contracts

It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced.

http://www.unison.or
g.uk/news/articles/l
iving-wage-campaign-
to-be-stepped-up

I suggest you check your facts before comment.

As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.[/p][/quote]This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts. https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/conferenc e-attacks-increasing -use-of-zero-hours-c ontracts https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/unison-sa ys-government-hittin g-wrong-mark-on-zero -hour-contracts It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced. http://www.unison.or g.uk/news/articles/l iving-wage-campaign- to-be-stepped-up I suggest you check your facts before comment. As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax. magic dragon
  • Score: 6

12:50pm Tue 24 Jun 14

owencoyle99 says...

magic dragon wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.
This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts.
https://www.unison.o

rg.uk/news/conferenc

e-attacks-increasing

-use-of-zero-hours-c

ontracts
https://www.unison.o

rg.uk/news/unison-sa

ys-government-hittin

g-wrong-mark-on-zero

-hour-contracts

It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced.

http://www.unison.or

g.uk/news/articles/l

iving-wage-campaign-

to-be-stepped-up

I suggest you check your facts before comment.

As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.
it is a fact that council workers are paid more than 12% than people working in the private industry plus they get a pension which is more than the private industry gets
this pay hike was done by Gordon Brown early 2000
join the rest of us
[quote][p][bold]magic dragon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.[/p][/quote]This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts. https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/conferenc e-attacks-increasing -use-of-zero-hours-c ontracts https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/unison-sa ys-government-hittin g-wrong-mark-on-zero -hour-contracts It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced. http://www.unison.or g.uk/news/articles/l iving-wage-campaign- to-be-stepped-up I suggest you check your facts before comment. As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.[/p][/quote]it is a fact that council workers are paid more than 12% than people working in the private industry plus they get a pension which is more than the private industry gets this pay hike was done by Gordon Brown early 2000 join the rest of us owencoyle99
  • Score: -9

1:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

thomas222 says...

magic dragon wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.
This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts.
https://www.unison.o

rg.uk/news/conferenc

e-attacks-increasing

-use-of-zero-hours-c

ontracts
https://www.unison.o

rg.uk/news/unison-sa

ys-government-hittin

g-wrong-mark-on-zero

-hour-contracts

It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced.

http://www.unison.or

g.uk/news/articles/l

iving-wage-campaign-

to-be-stepped-up

I suggest you check your facts before comment.

As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.
Good to hear what about the Immigration & MPs wages rise ?.

asked to do more is it..........So are the rest of the Country Love get real. Pay Tax do they... A few do most claim tax credits & housing benefits they are on that little wages. Perhaps UNISON could take up the Taxpayer financing private Companies * Councils could we.
[quote][p][bold]magic dragon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.[/p][/quote]This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts. https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/conferenc e-attacks-increasing -use-of-zero-hours-c ontracts https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/unison-sa ys-government-hittin g-wrong-mark-on-zero -hour-contracts It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced. http://www.unison.or g.uk/news/articles/l iving-wage-campaign- to-be-stepped-up I suggest you check your facts before comment. As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.[/p][/quote]Good to hear what about the Immigration & MPs wages rise ?. asked to do more is it..........So are the rest of the Country Love get real. Pay Tax do they... A few do most claim tax credits & housing benefits they are on that little wages. Perhaps UNISON could take up the Taxpayer financing private Companies * Councils could we. thomas222
  • Score: 1

1:22pm Tue 24 Jun 14

paulgethings says...

Sounds about right for Bolton council want more for doing less
Sounds about right for Bolton council want more for doing less paulgethings
  • Score: 3

1:36pm Tue 24 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
They are in the same situation as millions of other people in this country. Stop pi$$ing and moaning, get on with your job. There are many people suffering the same without the back up of a heavily invested in Union.
So the moral of your story is join a union & fight collectively. Yes there are loads in a similar but thats not Unison's fault, but the fault of the bosses fleecing the workers while giving themselves masive pay rises & the Government for allowing them to too little tax.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: They are in the same situation as millions of other people in this country. Stop pi$$ing and moaning, get on with your job. There are many people suffering the same without the back up of a heavily invested in Union.[/p][/quote]So the moral of your story is join a union & fight collectively. Yes there are loads in a similar but thats not Unison's fault, but the fault of the bosses fleecing the workers while giving themselves masive pay rises & the Government for allowing them to too little tax. filthy6
  • Score: 7

2:23pm Tue 24 Jun 14

magic dragon says...

thomas222 wrote:
magic dragon wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.
This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts.
https://www.unison.o


rg.uk/news/conferenc


e-attacks-increasing


-use-of-zero-hours-c


ontracts
https://www.unison.o


rg.uk/news/unison-sa


ys-government-hittin


g-wrong-mark-on-zero


-hour-contracts

It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced.

http://www.unison.or


g.uk/news/articles/l


iving-wage-campaign-


to-be-stepped-up

I suggest you check your facts before comment.

As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.
Good to hear what about the Immigration & MPs wages rise ?.

asked to do more is it..........So are the rest of the Country Love get real. Pay Tax do they... A few do most claim tax credits & housing benefits they are on that little wages. Perhaps UNISON could take up the Taxpayer financing private Companies * Councils could we.
Yes everyone is being asked to do more, but how many actually are? It is a myth that Council Employees are paid more than the Private Sector. It is also a myth that they earn higher pensions. We do not get any help towards our Council Tax or Housing Costs and pay Income Tax and Council Tax at the same rate as any other employed person. You asked about the MP's pay rise? Maybe you were one of the people that signed the petition against it? Maybe you will be voting with your feet at the next election? Unison has a duty to it's member to fight for the best deal they can obtain. The problem about MP's wages and Immigration are the responsibility of everyone to voice their concerns if they have any, It is not the remit of any Union to tackle anything apart from their members interests. However that being said. If they are successful in getting the Living Wage adopted universally it will benefit everyone. Even the Union bashers. And please don't patronise me by calling me Love. You don't know me well enough to be allowed that privelege.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magic dragon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.[/p][/quote]This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts. https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/conferenc e-attacks-increasing -use-of-zero-hours-c ontracts https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/unison-sa ys-government-hittin g-wrong-mark-on-zero -hour-contracts It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced. http://www.unison.or g.uk/news/articles/l iving-wage-campaign- to-be-stepped-up I suggest you check your facts before comment. As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.[/p][/quote]Good to hear what about the Immigration & MPs wages rise ?. asked to do more is it..........So are the rest of the Country Love get real. Pay Tax do they... A few do most claim tax credits & housing benefits they are on that little wages. Perhaps UNISON could take up the Taxpayer financing private Companies * Councils could we.[/p][/quote]Yes everyone is being asked to do more, but how many actually are? It is a myth that Council Employees are paid more than the Private Sector. It is also a myth that they earn higher pensions. We do not get any help towards our Council Tax or Housing Costs and pay Income Tax and Council Tax at the same rate as any other employed person. You asked about the MP's pay rise? Maybe you were one of the people that signed the petition against it? Maybe you will be voting with your feet at the next election? Unison has a duty to it's member to fight for the best deal they can obtain. The problem about MP's wages and Immigration are the responsibility of everyone to voice their concerns if they have any, It is not the remit of any Union to tackle anything apart from their members interests. However that being said. If they are successful in getting the Living Wage adopted universally it will benefit everyone. Even the Union bashers. And please don't patronise me by calling me Love. You don't know me well enough to be allowed that privelege. magic dragon
  • Score: 14

11:10pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Citizen Cane says...

These "workers" DO get pay increases each year. They don't like to tell taxpayers about the INCREMENTS system - a pay rise each year to reward increased experience of doing exactly the same job with no performance improvement.
These "workers" DO get pay increases each year. They don't like to tell taxpayers about the INCREMENTS system - a pay rise each year to reward increased experience of doing exactly the same job with no performance improvement. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 1

7:40am Wed 25 Jun 14

thomas222 says...

magic dragon wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
magic dragon wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.
This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts.
https://www.unison.o



rg.uk/news/conferenc



e-attacks-increasing



-use-of-zero-hours-c



ontracts
https://www.unison.o



rg.uk/news/unison-sa



ys-government-hittin



g-wrong-mark-on-zero



-hour-contracts

It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced.

http://www.unison.or



g.uk/news/articles/l



iving-wage-campaign-



to-be-stepped-up

I suggest you check your facts before comment.

As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.
Good to hear what about the Immigration & MPs wages rise ?.

asked to do more is it..........So are the rest of the Country Love get real. Pay Tax do they... A few do most claim tax credits & housing benefits they are on that little wages. Perhaps UNISON could take up the Taxpayer financing private Companies * Councils could we.
Yes everyone is being asked to do more, but how many actually are? It is a myth that Council Employees are paid more than the Private Sector. It is also a myth that they earn higher pensions. We do not get any help towards our Council Tax or Housing Costs and pay Income Tax and Council Tax at the same rate as any other employed person. You asked about the MP's pay rise? Maybe you were one of the people that signed the petition against it? Maybe you will be voting with your feet at the next election? Unison has a duty to it's member to fight for the best deal they can obtain. The problem about MP's wages and Immigration are the responsibility of everyone to voice their concerns if they have any, It is not the remit of any Union to tackle anything apart from their members interests. However that being said. If they are successful in getting the Living Wage adopted universally it will benefit everyone. Even the Union bashers. And please don't patronise me by calling me Love. You don't know me well enough to be allowed that privelege.
Love is a term of endearment. How can the word LOVE be a bad word. This is why this place is knackered. PC gone mad.
[quote][p][bold]magic dragon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magic dragon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Did Unison do anything when the MPs awarded themselves 11% recently or did they miss that one. This the same Union who welcomes uncontrolled Immigration thats driving down wages taken British jobs & says nothing to Employers with Zero Hrs contracts.[/p][/quote]This is the Union that has hit out again and again against zero hours contracts. https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/conferenc e-attacks-increasing -use-of-zero-hours-c ontracts https://www.unison.o rg.uk/news/unison-sa ys-government-hittin g-wrong-mark-on-zero -hour-contracts It is also the union that is fighting hard to have livable wage introduced. http://www.unison.or g.uk/news/articles/l iving-wage-campaign- to-be-stepped-up I suggest you check your facts before comment. As the wife of a Council Employee, I support the union 100% in this strike. The workers are being asked to do more work with less resources, but are still insulted by not earning enough to pay their bills. And before any of you say that is what you pay your Council Tax for, remember the Council Workers also pay Council Tax.[/p][/quote]Good to hear what about the Immigration & MPs wages rise ?. asked to do more is it..........So are the rest of the Country Love get real. Pay Tax do they... A few do most claim tax credits & housing benefits they are on that little wages. Perhaps UNISON could take up the Taxpayer financing private Companies * Councils could we.[/p][/quote]Yes everyone is being asked to do more, but how many actually are? It is a myth that Council Employees are paid more than the Private Sector. It is also a myth that they earn higher pensions. We do not get any help towards our Council Tax or Housing Costs and pay Income Tax and Council Tax at the same rate as any other employed person. You asked about the MP's pay rise? Maybe you were one of the people that signed the petition against it? Maybe you will be voting with your feet at the next election? Unison has a duty to it's member to fight for the best deal they can obtain. The problem about MP's wages and Immigration are the responsibility of everyone to voice their concerns if they have any, It is not the remit of any Union to tackle anything apart from their members interests. However that being said. If they are successful in getting the Living Wage adopted universally it will benefit everyone. Even the Union bashers. And please don't patronise me by calling me Love. You don't know me well enough to be allowed that privelege.[/p][/quote]Love is a term of endearment. How can the word LOVE be a bad word. This is why this place is knackered. PC gone mad. thomas222
  • Score: 3

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