Live blog: Strike action across Bolton

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  • Public sector workers all over Bolton are on strike today.
  • Our reporters Vickie Scullard and Saiqa Chaudhari will bring you live updates.
  • Strikers are forming picket lines outside council-run buildings.
  • Schools, fire stations, leisure centres, court offices and council offices are closed.
  • Bin collections have been cancelled.

11:54am

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10:34am

Strikers carrying balloons, waving flags , at least 200 stood on steps

10:33am

Gret scene on town hall steps right now

10:21am

Unison member Gary Scott added: "it's a daily struggle. I have three kids and we live a hand to mouth existence. I often have to borrow from family to put food on the table." 

10:17am

Steward and rep at Castle Hill Centre Jayne Clarke: "this is a last resort and not something we take lightly as it affects the families that we work with."

10:14am

Scene at Castle Hill Centre in Tonge Moor. Unison members have taken inspiration from Bolton comic Paddy McGuinness, saying: "one per cent offer - we no likey so we go on strikey"

10:12am

The Bolton News:

10:09am

Heading back for the rally, quite a scene now more striking workers have joined

10:07am

Now on the market car park, 

10:04am

Just a reminder that the rally starts at 10.30 am in the Town Hall Square

10:03am

Strikers say they want fair pay for everyone and it's not a race to the bottom

10:02am

Shouts of "when they say cutbacks, we say fight back" can be heard

10:01am

Strikers outside the Wellsprings in Bolton town centre are chanting, blowing whistles and horns and brandishing placards

9:59am

9:21am Thu 10 Jul 14

atlas123 says

Can you get us numbers of strikers vice workers for teachers, other council employees, police staff, fire service staff and nhs staff please...


If you interview strikers please ask their job, current salary and what they would see as an acceptable outcome.

atlas123 - we'll try to get these figures today

9:58am

Some private sector workers have come out to show their support today

9:57am

The strike is not just about pay but protecting vital services say unions

9:56am

Strikers on the move to the market

9:56am

Picket lines forming outside Council offices, with public sector workers saying enough is enough

9:56am

Picket lines forming outside Council offices, with public sector workers saying enough is enough

9:49am

Mr Warren says over the last five years they have only been offered two one per cent rises, the equivilant of a 20 per cent pay cut - or "like working a day for free."

9:33am

The Bolton News:

9:29am

Active picket at Mayor Street Depot. Sean Warren at GMB said: "There's more month than salary."

9:24am

Heading out shortly to speak to strikers and find out why they are taking action

9:05am

Good morning everyone. We'll be bringing you live updates from all over Bolton today as public sector workers strike. Lots of services are affected.

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9:21am Thu 10 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

Can you get us numbers of strikers vice workers for teachers, other council employees, police staff, fire service staff and nhs staff please...


If you interview strikers please ask their job, current salary and what they would see as an acceptable outcome.
Can you get us numbers of strikers vice workers for teachers, other council employees, police staff, fire service staff and nhs staff please... If you interview strikers please ask their job, current salary and what they would see as an acceptable outcome. atlas123
  • Score: 15

10:29am Thu 10 Jul 14

cliff4treasurer says...

"Unison member Gary Scott added: "it's a daily struggle. I have three kids and we live a hand to mouth existence. I often have to borrow from family to put food on the table."

He obviously for got to ask the starting salary when he was interviewed?
"Unison member Gary Scott added: "it's a daily struggle. I have three kids and we live a hand to mouth existence. I often have to borrow from family to put food on the table." He obviously for got to ask the starting salary when he was interviewed? cliff4treasurer
  • Score: -7

10:53am Thu 10 Jul 14

the big dog says...

The public sector are still overpaid, over holidayed, over pensioned, over flexitimed and over cossetted. I don't know anybody who has had a rise over the last 5 years. Protecting public services? Rubbish! perhaps if The Council spent a little less on mosques then there would be more money to go round. Or maybe even a reduction in charge..............
The public sector are still overpaid, over holidayed, over pensioned, over flexitimed and over cossetted. I don't know anybody who has had a rise over the last 5 years. Protecting public services? Rubbish! perhaps if The Council spent a little less on mosques then there would be more money to go round. Or maybe even a reduction in charge.............. the big dog
  • Score: 9

11:00am Thu 10 Jul 14

ruined heritage says...

I work in the private sector and have not had a pay rise for four years and i think it is about time these public workers showed a bit of gratitude that they actually have a job, there are thousands of people on the dole who i am sure would jump at the chance of being employed. If these workers do not like the terms of their employment then they should go and seek employment elsewhere and stop hindering the public, who after all actually pay their wages through taxes.
I work in the private sector and have not had a pay rise for four years and i think it is about time these public workers showed a bit of gratitude that they actually have a job, there are thousands of people on the dole who i am sure would jump at the chance of being employed. If these workers do not like the terms of their employment then they should go and seek employment elsewhere and stop hindering the public, who after all actually pay their wages through taxes. ruined heritage
  • Score: 11

11:10am Thu 10 Jul 14

allan111111 says...

Surely the council workers are aware of the cuts the people of Bolton have had the suffer over the last few yeardays...no doubt some of the strikers have been paid to implement these cuts yet they have the audacity to demand a pay rise...All this seems a little hypocritical to me
Surely the council workers are aware of the cuts the people of Bolton have had the suffer over the last few yeardays...no doubt some of the strikers have been paid to implement these cuts yet they have the audacity to demand a pay rise...All this seems a little hypocritical to me allan111111
  • Score: -1

11:10am Thu 10 Jul 14

allan111111 says...

Surely the council workers are aware of the cuts the people of Bolton have had the suffer over the last few yeardays...no doubt some of the strikers have been paid to implement these cuts yet they have the audacity to demand a pay rise...All this seems a little hypocritical to me
Surely the council workers are aware of the cuts the people of Bolton have had the suffer over the last few yeardays...no doubt some of the strikers have been paid to implement these cuts yet they have the audacity to demand a pay rise...All this seems a little hypocritical to me allan111111
  • Score: -2

11:17am Thu 10 Jul 14

Kinkys left foot says...

It would be interesting to hear the views of local councillors regarding the strikes, particularly those of the Labour party
It would be interesting to hear the views of local councillors regarding the strikes, particularly those of the Labour party Kinkys left foot
  • Score: 12

12:23pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Liam-bwfc says...

well, my wife went in, she works for the council.
well, my wife went in, she works for the council. Liam-bwfc
  • Score: -2

12:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

GoneNow says...

"Unison member Gary Scott added: "it's a daily struggle. I have three kids and we live a hand to mouth existence. I often have to borrow from family to put food on the table."

Get another job then.
"Unison member Gary Scott added: "it's a daily struggle. I have three kids and we live a hand to mouth existence. I often have to borrow from family to put food on the table." Get another job then. GoneNow
  • Score: -1

12:44pm Thu 10 Jul 14

twowok says...

Good luck to all the strikers, hope hey listen to you. This government are a disgrace, turning people against each other seems to be their ploy. Unfortunaly some people are unable to see what's right in front of them!
Good luck to all the strikers, hope hey listen to you. This government are a disgrace, turning people against each other seems to be their ploy. Unfortunaly some people are unable to see what's right in front of them! twowok
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

ruined heritage says...

twowok wrote:
Good luck to all the strikers, hope hey listen to you. This government are a disgrace, turning people against each other seems to be their ploy. Unfortunaly some people are unable to see what's right in front of them!
I presume you are happy that they are holding the tax payer to ransom eh?? The people should be grateful they have a job in the first place, private sector workers have been hit hard to but we cannot down tools and go on strike can we? If these people do not like the terms of their contracts then they should seek employment elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]twowok[/bold] wrote: Good luck to all the strikers, hope hey listen to you. This government are a disgrace, turning people against each other seems to be their ploy. Unfortunaly some people are unable to see what's right in front of them![/p][/quote]I presume you are happy that they are holding the tax payer to ransom eh?? The people should be grateful they have a job in the first place, private sector workers have been hit hard to but we cannot down tools and go on strike can we? If these people do not like the terms of their contracts then they should seek employment elsewhere. ruined heritage
  • Score: -2

3:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Where'swally says...

We no likey that YOU ALL go on strikey!!! i agree with working retirement age but thats it. the rest they can go swing for. cant have a 68 yo firefighter or teacher who's showing signs of dementia teaching curriculum... suppose its an easy excuse by the powers that be to get rid... But they all genuinely think they have special dispensation due to the career path they've taken... Most get paid well, have tip top sick pay and hols and a relatively easy job, times change. I do more in my job role than I did 5 years ago sue to change and cost cutting. do I moan (I do a little) or go on strike??. No! times change deal with it. we all suffered from cost cutting. Companies cant hemorrhage money just to satisfy your "basic human requirement" to be paid more for your hols and sickness..
We no likey that YOU ALL go on strikey!!! i agree with working retirement age but thats it. the rest they can go swing for. cant have a 68 yo firefighter or teacher who's showing signs of dementia teaching curriculum... suppose its an easy excuse by the powers that be to get rid... But they all genuinely think they have special dispensation due to the career path they've taken... Most get paid well, have tip top sick pay and hols and a relatively easy job, times change. I do more in my job role than I did 5 years ago sue to change and cost cutting. do I moan (I do a little) or go on strike??. No! times change deal with it. we all suffered from cost cutting. Companies cant hemorrhage money just to satisfy your "basic human requirement" to be paid more for your hols and sickness.. Where'swally
  • Score: -3

6:56pm Thu 10 Jul 14

lassogaia says...

We should all be pushing for better wages, not rolling over and accepting it. I'm sick of hearing this argument that because one group of people are underpaid and overworked that it somehow makes it ok and that it is 'real life' and we should just accept it. Wake up and stop being so bloody apathetic. Don't you realise that this is their aim - to 'divide and conquer' the working classes and squeezed middles whilst the reality is far different?
The MPs have awarded themselves an 11% pay rise.
The government bailed out the banks so their mates can continue to receive huge bonuses and salaries for messing up our economy.
Who is the real enemy? The street cleaner struggling to make ends meet or the propagandist 1% who cream off the rest of us?
We should all be pushing for better wages, not rolling over and accepting it. I'm sick of hearing this argument that because one group of people are underpaid and overworked that it somehow makes it ok and that it is 'real life' and we should just accept it. Wake up and stop being so bloody apathetic. Don't you realise that this is their aim - to 'divide and conquer' the working classes and squeezed middles whilst the reality is far different? The MPs have awarded themselves an 11% pay rise. The government bailed out the banks so their mates can continue to receive huge bonuses and salaries for messing up our economy. Who is the real enemy? The street cleaner struggling to make ends meet or the propagandist 1% who cream off the rest of us? lassogaia
  • Score: 8

7:38pm Thu 10 Jul 14

toryhater says...

I find it hard to swallow that people still want to blame public sector workers for wanting decent pay for a decent days work. and when we say 1% is not enough we get vilified no arguments about the stomach churning bankers bonuses who really got us into this mess, no whining about stars and celebrities who use tax avoidance to rob the public purse and put more money in their own pockets, no up rise because footballers earn a wage that no working class worker could never ever dream of earning, no lets BLAME the public sector worker, usually the same people throwing a paddy about benefit cheats but never have the same voice of distain for the MP’s who claim more in expenses than many public sector will ever earn, vilify benefit claimants, either people whose pay is so low they have to claim ‘in work benefits’ or are sadly one of the 700,000 public sector workers thrown out on the trash heap and may need state support. The workforce in public sector is made up of low paid women workers, workers who often have 2-3 jobs and in the 21st century have to use food banks, the pay claim is also about raising the lowest paid to the ‘living wage’, respect to ALL public sector workers who have today said enough is enough, I want a decent pay for a hard day’s work, end of !
I find it hard to swallow that people still want to blame public sector workers for wanting decent pay for a decent days work. and when we say 1% is not enough we get vilified no arguments about the stomach churning bankers bonuses who really got us into this mess, no whining about stars and celebrities who use tax avoidance to rob the public purse and put more money in their own pockets, no up rise because footballers earn a wage that no working class worker could never ever dream of earning, no lets BLAME the public sector worker, usually the same people throwing a paddy about benefit cheats but never have the same voice of distain for the MP’s who claim more in expenses than many public sector will ever earn, vilify benefit claimants, either people whose pay is so low they have to claim ‘in work benefits’ or are sadly one of the 700,000 public sector workers thrown out on the trash heap and may need state support. The workforce in public sector is made up of low paid women workers, workers who often have 2-3 jobs and in the 21st century have to use food banks, the pay claim is also about raising the lowest paid to the ‘living wage’, respect to ALL public sector workers who have today said enough is enough, I want a decent pay for a hard day’s work, end of ! toryhater
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Thu 10 Jul 14

toryhater says...

Liam-bwfc wrote:
well, my wife went in, she works for the council.
bet when the unions get more than 1% your wife won't say no to the extra.......... what is the word strike breakers are called, oh yes the crustation on a wound
[quote][p][bold]Liam-bwfc[/bold] wrote: well, my wife went in, she works for the council.[/p][/quote]bet when the unions get more than 1% your wife won't say no to the extra.......... what is the word strike breakers are called, oh yes the crustation on a wound toryhater
  • Score: 3

5:03pm Fri 11 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

toryhater wrote:
Liam-bwfc wrote:
well, my wife went in, she works for the council.
bet when the unions get more than 1% your wife won't say no to the extra.......... what is the word strike breakers are called, oh yes the crustation on a wound
Perhaps she just doesn't agree that striking is the way to resolve the dispute or to get her way?

Calling people scabs just because they don't share your views and agree with your decisions is just bullyiing and does nothing to help your public image or credibility!

I wonder if the strikers will be taking overtime that may become available in coming weeks to clear backlogs indirectly created by striking?
[quote][p][bold]toryhater[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Liam-bwfc[/bold] wrote: well, my wife went in, she works for the council.[/p][/quote]bet when the unions get more than 1% your wife won't say no to the extra.......... what is the word strike breakers are called, oh yes the crustation on a wound[/p][/quote]Perhaps she just doesn't agree that striking is the way to resolve the dispute or to get her way? Calling people scabs just because they don't share your views and agree with your decisions is just bullyiing and does nothing to help your public image or credibility! I wonder if the strikers will be taking overtime that may become available in coming weeks to clear backlogs indirectly created by striking? atlas123
  • Score: 1

9:42pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Blackrod says...

They don't look very worried about putting meals on a table to me. Look like they having a jolly!
They don't look very worried about putting meals on a table to me. Look like they having a jolly! Blackrod
  • Score: 1

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