Council workers to strike next week in row over pay

The Bolton News: Council workers to strike next week in row over pay Council workers to strike next week in row over pay

CARERS, bin men, street cleaners and teaching assistants across Bolton are among thousands of council and school support workers in Bolton set to strike next week.

Members of Unison, GMB and Unite will walk out on July 10 as part of a national public sector strike over pay.

From 6am picket lines will be held outside council depots and officers, while a rally and demonstration will be held in Victoria Square from 10.30am.

Bolton Unison branch secretary Bernadette Gallagher said their members had had enough, and wanted to send a clear message to the government that they deserved more.

She said: “The government has had local government pay and conditions squarely in its sights since 2010.

“A pay freeze in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and below inflation rises in eight of the last 17 years has sent the pay packets of local government and school workers plummeting back to the level of the 1990s. We cannot carry on like this.”

The 24-hour walkout follows members voting to reject a one per cent pay increase.

Unison has been campaigning for a minimum increase of £1 an hour, and £1.20 for the lowest paid staff.

Sean Warren, Bolton GMB convenor added: “Many council workers in Bolton have been left struggling to get by, with some relying on food banks, second jobs and in-work benefits to make ends meet.

"This year’s offer would result in a cumulative real-term cut of almost 20 per cent for more than one million local government and school workers.”

A council spokesman said: “We are working across the council to prepare for the implications of strike action.

"Our priority will be to maintain services to the most vulnerable residents and service users.”

  • Firefighters in England and Wales will strike next Thursday, the Fire Brigades Union has announced. The strike will take place from 10am and 7pm and will be the fifteenth in the FBU’s campaign over changes to firefighters’ pensions.

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2:11pm Thu 3 Jul 14

mgood51 says...

Us real carers that look after love one's for little pay £245 a month Thats about £1.53 hr we can not go on strike. we are look down on by a lot who now nowt about us real carers. So B/N find out a bit more about real cares before you say we are going on strike. we can't
Us real carers that look after love one's for little pay £245 a month Thats about £1.53 hr we can not go on strike. we are look down on by a lot who now nowt about us real carers. So B/N find out a bit more about real cares before you say we are going on strike. we can't mgood51
  • Score: -6

4:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

fay clarke says...

Welcome to Britain. Everyone is striking again. It seems to be the British way of life striking. If people are not happy in their jobs then leave and find something else. I did. I am sick of hearing about people wanting more money. Some people don't have enough to eat and all these people do is bleat on about wanting a pay rise.
Welcome to Britain. Everyone is striking again. It seems to be the British way of life striking. If people are not happy in their jobs then leave and find something else. I did. I am sick of hearing about people wanting more money. Some people don't have enough to eat and all these people do is bleat on about wanting a pay rise. fay clarke
  • Score: -18

5:43pm Thu 3 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

I think Bolton council should be looking after their workers rather than splashing money around on the newer migrants to the town.
I think Bolton council should be looking after their workers rather than splashing money around on the newer migrants to the town. boltonnut
  • Score: 13

6:06pm Thu 3 Jul 14

steveG says...

If you are lucky enough to work for a Council then you should count your blessings,as whatever job you do for that organisation will inevitably be more poorly paid,have inferior terms and conditions,pensions and holidays were you employed in the private sector.
If you are lucky enough to work for a Council then you should count your blessings,as whatever job you do for that organisation will inevitably be more poorly paid,have inferior terms and conditions,pensions and holidays were you employed in the private sector. steveG
  • Score: -4

9:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Changing times says...

Used to work at the council for a while and it's not a nice place to work, pay was below average and a lot of people were not happy.

I'm much happier in the private sector and significantly better off.
Used to work at the council for a while and it's not a nice place to work, pay was below average and a lot of people were not happy. I'm much happier in the private sector and significantly better off. Changing times
  • Score: 6

11:25pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Craine1998 says...

I currently work for the local authority and pay my council tax like everybody else. Over the last few years I've seen cuts to services and colleagues leave and not be replaced. We are all being told to work til we are 68, workloads are ever increasing and at the end of the day, after years of no pay increases and last years 1% , some of us are finding our wages don't last to the end of the month.The cost of living increased over the last couple of years by around 11%foodwise and things show no sign of getting better -
I currently work for the local authority and pay my council tax like everybody else. Over the last few years I've seen cuts to services and colleagues leave and not be replaced. We are all being told to work til we are 68, workloads are ever increasing and at the end of the day, after years of no pay increases and last years 1% , some of us are finding our wages don't last to the end of the month.The cost of living increased over the last couple of years by around 11%foodwise and things show no sign of getting better - Craine1998
  • Score: 6

1:29pm Fri 4 Jul 14

TheOneTrueWord says...

Previously worked for Bolton Council both as a cleaner and in Customer Services, overworked and underpaid, never again!
Previously worked for Bolton Council both as a cleaner and in Customer Services, overworked and underpaid, never again! TheOneTrueWord
  • Score: 3

1:30pm Fri 4 Jul 14

TheOneTrueWord says...

mgood51 wrote:
Us real carers that look after love one's for little pay £245 a month Thats about £1.53 hr we can not go on strike. we are look down on by a lot who now nowt about us real carers. So B/N find out a bit more about real cares before you say we are going on strike. we can't
Agree with you completely. And some people who care for people don't even get carers allowance especially if they are working as well as caring full time.
[quote][p][bold]mgood51[/bold] wrote: Us real carers that look after love one's for little pay £245 a month Thats about £1.53 hr we can not go on strike. we are look down on by a lot who now nowt about us real carers. So B/N find out a bit more about real cares before you say we are going on strike. we can't[/p][/quote]Agree with you completely. And some people who care for people don't even get carers allowance especially if they are working as well as caring full time. TheOneTrueWord
  • Score: 0
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