Council workers back strike plan

Echo: Council workers back strike plan Council workers back strike plan

COUNCIL workers have backed industrial action against the Government over pay and cuts.

Unison said its local Government and school support members yesterday voted 58 per cent in favour of action.

It means Essex faces the prospect of a huge public sector strike on Thursday, July 10, with the National Union of Teachers already taking industrial action on that date.

The union’s national committee will meet to decide the next steps.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “These workers care for our elderly, clean our streets, feed and educate our schoolchildren and keep our libraries running, but they receive no recognition in their pay packets.

“They are mainly low paid women workers, stressed and demoralised, and they deserve better from their employers and from this Government. This is the group that has borne the brunt of the Government's austerity agenda.

“We will now be discussing next steps, but we call on the employers to get back into talks to agree a fair deal for local government and school support workers.”

Members of other leading unions are already voting on strikes, with a day of action set to be held on July 10.

The GMB and Unite will announce voting results over the next week, while the Public and Commercial Services union is also balloting its 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.

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5:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Danker1990 says...

What does that all mean for the job centre. Will that be closed on that day
What does that all mean for the job centre. Will that be closed on that day Danker1990
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6:33pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

Danker1990 wrote:
What does that all mean for the job centre. Will that be closed on that day
The Jobcentre is Department for Work and Pensions, so the employees there aren't local government employees.
[quote][p][bold]Danker1990[/bold] wrote: What does that all mean for the job centre. Will that be closed on that day[/p][/quote]The Jobcentre is Department for Work and Pensions, so the employees there aren't local government employees. Matthew S. Dent
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7:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

I hope it's the staff that cook the Councillor's free nosebag.....
I hope it's the staff that cook the Councillor's free nosebag..... Howard Cháse
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7:51am Thu 26 Jun 14

Bosniavet says...

Note to self - avoid shopping centres & town centre pubs on 10th July as they'll be pretty crowded........
If the CPSA do vote to strike, will we have the same situation as last time when they couldn't even get enough of their striking members to man the picket line at Alexandra House?
Note to self - avoid shopping centres & town centre pubs on 10th July as they'll be pretty crowded........ If the CPSA do vote to strike, will we have the same situation as last time when they couldn't even get enough of their striking members to man the picket line at Alexandra House? Bosniavet
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12:39pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Maverick06 says...

Pathetic!

Can't even believe people still listen to the unions! When was the last time a strike did any good? These people have jobs and they should be thankful for that, as there are enough people out of work who would love to work in these positions. If they don't feel they are paid enough then they should strive to go out and get a better paid job, not just sit there waiting for a hand out! Unison have little power and I can't see anybody being really bothered. They wont get paid for the strike day, so it will actually be a saving!
Pathetic! Can't even believe people still listen to the unions! When was the last time a strike did any good? These people have jobs and they should be thankful for that, as there are enough people out of work who would love to work in these positions. If they don't feel they are paid enough then they should strive to go out and get a better paid job, not just sit there waiting for a hand out! Unison have little power and I can't see anybody being really bothered. They wont get paid for the strike day, so it will actually be a saving! Maverick06
  • Score: -1

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