Union pickets Hereford Town Hall over pay

Unison pickets at Hereford Town Hall today.

Unison pickets at Hereford Town Hall today.

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HEREFORDSHIRE UNISON members took a fairer funding fight of their own to Hereford Town Hall today (Tues).

The picket was part of a national “day of protest” at council pay.

UNISON says local government pay is in a “dire” state.

Herefordshire area organiser Steve Akers said that since 2010 local government workers have endured a “devastating” three year pay freeze and then a “miserly” 1% increase last year - representing an 18% fall in pay in real terms while council budgets have been cut by 40%.

“Enough is enough – we have shown our commitment to keeping our local services going against all odds and we now need a commitment from the local government employers to finally make us a decent pay offer, " said Mr Akers.

UNISON, GMB and Unite - the unions representing 1.6 million local government workers – formally submitted their pay claim to employers last November, and expect a formal pay offer later this month. The unions are seeking a £1.20 an hour minimum increase to bring the bottom rate of pay in local government to the level of the living wage and restore some of the pay lost by higher earners.

More than half a million local government workers earn less than the current living wage and a million earn less than the government's low pay threshold of £21,000 a year. The living wage is £7.65 and £8.80 in London. Part-time workers - mainly women and more than half the local government workforce - have been particularly hard hit, with their hourly earnings now worth the same as they were 10 years ago. Many low paid part-time Local Government workers need benefits and tax credits.

Herefordshire Council leader councillor Tony Johnson recently took the council’s fight for fairer funding to Prime Minister David Cameron. That campaign wants funding settlements for cuts-slashed councils to reflect rural pressures.

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2:13pm Tue 4 Feb 14

The Russian 1 says...

Due to the" financial climate", my last pay rise was 1% in 2006. Since then I've had my holiday entitlement reduced and a pay cut to bring my pay in line with staff taken on in 2007. They have not yet had any increase in pay. All other benefits we used to have, subsidised meals, final salary pension, tea and coffee machines, even our training budget has gone.
We are told that that is the way things are and have to accept it. Even though we are a fairly large Hereford charity, government cuts mean we just have to endure it.
We are lucky to have a job. Pay rise? Union recognition? No chance.
Due to the" financial climate", my last pay rise was 1% in 2006. Since then I've had my holiday entitlement reduced and a pay cut to bring my pay in line with staff taken on in 2007. They have not yet had any increase in pay. All other benefits we used to have, subsidised meals, final salary pension, tea and coffee machines, even our training budget has gone. We are told that that is the way things are and have to accept it. Even though we are a fairly large Hereford charity, government cuts mean we just have to endure it. We are lucky to have a job. Pay rise? Union recognition? No chance. The Russian 1
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6:13pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Damriver68 says...

Forget the pay the council have No funds .I was the only qualified dog warden working in the county for the last 15yrs and was made redundant to be replaced by others who already have pensions from other agencies
Forget the pay the council have No funds .I was the only qualified dog warden working in the county for the last 15yrs and was made redundant to be replaced by others who already have pensions from other agencies Damriver68
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9:09am Wed 5 Feb 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

Don't forget the Tory's are putting up the council tax in the county.
Don't forget the Tory's are putting up the council tax in the county. Mr.Herefordian
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7:40pm Fri 7 Feb 14

saidflo says...

These days people are lucky to have a job, many now are struggling and unwittingly have no job and some are also not counted in the unemployment statistics. 2,000 plus applied for the recently advertised 250 Waitrose and Debenham's jobs.
The council and it's workers should review their position and go back to basics to help the financial recovery of the county. Saying that, the front line staff are not the ones usually up to their snouts in the feeding trough!!
These days people are lucky to have a job, many now are struggling and unwittingly have no job and some are also not counted in the unemployment statistics. 2,000 plus applied for the recently advertised 250 Waitrose and Debenham's jobs. The council and it's workers should review their position and go back to basics to help the financial recovery of the county. Saying that, the front line staff are not the ones usually up to their snouts in the feeding trough!! saidflo
  • Score: 4

10:05am Mon 10 Feb 14

petet25 says...

Pathetic... Be happy you have a job and stop moaning.

I know when I started working before I reached 18, I was paid bang on minimum wage and that's how things have remained all my life. Back then (over 20 years ago), I was on less than £4 an hour.

Now with the job's I have had, my wage has never been more than bang on the minimum wage. Instead of moaning though, we all just got on with it and are thankful we have a job.

Instead of them being given into, someone should remind this lot that if they are not happy with their wage and wont stop moaning, they can do the alternative.... Collect their P45's and start signing on at the job centre. They will soon wish they had just been happy with what they were getting when the reality of barely £72 a week on JSA sinks in.
Pathetic... Be happy you have a job and stop moaning. I know when I started working before I reached 18, I was paid bang on minimum wage and that's how things have remained all my life. Back then (over 20 years ago), I was on less than £4 an hour. Now with the job's I have had, my wage has never been more than bang on the minimum wage. Instead of moaning though, we all just got on with it and are thankful we have a job. Instead of them being given into, someone should remind this lot that if they are not happy with their wage and wont stop moaning, they can do the alternative.... Collect their P45's and start signing on at the job centre. They will soon wish they had just been happy with what they were getting when the reality of barely £72 a week on JSA sinks in. petet25
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