UNISON members to protest in Southend over pay

UNISON members to protest in Southend over pay

UNISON members to protest in Southend over pay

First published in News

A SOUTHEND trade union will hold a protest on Tuesday (June 10) against proposed pay increases.

Members of UNISON will protest on the steps of the Civic Centre at 1pm on Tuesday to voice their anger over a below-inflation offer of a one per cent pay increase from the national local government employers.

To benefit the low paid and claw back years of pay cuts, UNISON is calling for a rise of at least £1 an hour.

It is also encouraging its members on Southend Council, in schools and at South Essex Homes to make sure they vote for strike action to be taken before the closing date of June 23.

Southend UNISON’s branch secretary, Claire Wormald, said: “Our members have suffered year after year of cuts to their pay.

“They and their families are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.

“When we got the news of the insulting one per cent offer from our national employers, we consulted our members across the country and they voted to reject it.

“That’s why we’ve called this official industrial action ballot.”

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3:46pm Fri 6 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

At least it'sa pay increase! Stop being so selfish and bloody minded and get on with the job you are paid to do.
At least it'sa pay increase! Stop being so selfish and bloody minded and get on with the job you are paid to do. I care about rayleigh
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3:47pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Bosniavet says...

At the risk of repeating what has been said before - public sector workers should be grateful to be getting a pay rise at all, many of us working in the private sector have not had one for some years, and had our contracts changed to zero hours. By the way, an increase of £1 an hour for someone working a "standard" 35 hour week is equivalent to nearly half the total weekly benefit paid to a JSA claimant......
At the risk of repeating what has been said before - public sector workers should be grateful to be getting a pay rise at all, many of us working in the private sector have not had one for some years, and had our contracts changed to zero hours. By the way, an increase of £1 an hour for someone working a "standard" 35 hour week is equivalent to nearly half the total weekly benefit paid to a JSA claimant...... Bosniavet
  • Score: 7

4:20pm Fri 6 Jun 14

andy:) says...

Ill add to the above, that ,many of us in the private sector HAVE had a pay rise, so I think its fair that those in the public sector raise their grievences, if we were all like you above then we'd all still be working a hundred hours a week for peanuts.
Ill add to the above, that ,many of us in the private sector HAVE had a pay rise, so I think its fair that those in the public sector raise their grievences, if we were all like you above then we'd all still be working a hundred hours a week for peanuts. andy:)
  • Score: -1

4:50pm Fri 6 Jun 14

emcee says...

Quote Southend UNISON’s branch secretary, Claire Wormald: “Our members have suffered year after year of cuts to their pay."
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And far, far more lose their jobs with little prospect of getting another anytime soon.
Be thankfull for small mercies.
As with most other union motives these days, this has nothing to do with standing up for the workers. It has, however, everything to do with political point scoring.
Quote Southend UNISON’s branch secretary, Claire Wormald: “Our members have suffered year after year of cuts to their pay." - And far, far more lose their jobs with little prospect of getting another anytime soon. Be thankfull for small mercies. As with most other union motives these days, this has nothing to do with standing up for the workers. It has, however, everything to do with political point scoring. emcee
  • Score: 11

6:18pm Fri 6 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

A lot of these workers will taking job cuts, as it's realised that many areas are overstaffed, it it was a business, it would have gone bankrupt years ago.
A lot of these workers will taking job cuts, as it's realised that many areas are overstaffed, it it was a business, it would have gone bankrupt years ago. sesibollox
  • Score: 2

9:09pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Fab man says...

As already stated public service workers should be grateful they still have a job. Those in the private sector have been screwed for years with regards to pay & pensions.
As already stated public service workers should be grateful they still have a job. Those in the private sector have been screwed for years with regards to pay & pensions. Fab man
  • Score: 1

10:23pm Fri 6 Jun 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Fab man wrote:
As already stated public service workers should be grateful they still have a job. Those in the private sector have been screwed for years with regards to pay & pensions.
never a truer word said ...
[quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: As already stated public service workers should be grateful they still have a job. Those in the private sector have been screwed for years with regards to pay & pensions.[/p][/quote]never a truer word said ... InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Mon 9 Jun 14

jayman says...

lets all join unions. Public and private sector, we can then have representation in the workplace for better pay and conditions. Let face it, someone is making money, and its not us...
lets all join unions. Public and private sector, we can then have representation in the workplace for better pay and conditions. Let face it, someone is making money, and its not us... jayman
  • Score: 1

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