Demos Across The Region - Tuesday, 4th Feb 2014

4 Feb 2014

GMB MEMBERS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL HOLD LOCAL DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS ENGLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND ON TUESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY FOR £1 AN HOUR PAY INCREASE AND A LIVING WAGE

The result of years of real-terms pay cuts is that a staggering 510,000 council workers are paid less than the Living Wage says GMB.


GMB members working in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will hold demonstrations outside their workplaces as part of their pay claim for £1 an hour pay rise.
The demonstrations are part of major campaign, launched last October, For a minimum increase of £1 an hour to increase the bottom rate of pay in local government to raise it to a living wage hourly rate. The local government unions are calling for the same £1 an hour increase to also apply to all pay points above the bottom rate.

A scandalous 500,000 local government workers are paid below the current living wage of £7.45 pence an hour - a rate which will increase in November. Politicians from all parties have recently called for action to deal with low pay and are encouraging individual local authorities to pay the living wage.
All the following demonstrations will take place on Tuesday 4th February:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT - 4 FEBRUARY “DAY OF PROTEST” GMB EVENTS
COUNCIL DETAILS OF EVENT GMB CONTACT
Barnsley 12-2pm outside Barnsley Town Hall, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
S70 2TA Steve Morris
07958 156843

Leeds 1-2 pm Rally at Leeds Civic Hall Council Chamber
Leafleting Civic Hall either side, Calverley St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 1UR Jon Smith
07918 905615

Sheffield 12-2pm Leafleting Town Hall and Petition Launch Pinstone St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2HH Pete Davies
07501 228313

Calderdale 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Leafleting Northgate House, Civic Buildings Northgate House, Halifax HX1 1UN
Gary Baker
07958 156837

Huddersfield 12.30 pm Rally Town Hall and leafleting Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA Neil Cole
07974 250952

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said: “The result of years of real-terms pay cuts is that a staggering 510,000 council workers are paid less than the Living Wage. Most are women in part-time jobs. Many have to suffer the indignity of claiming in-work benefits.

How can it be that in 21st century Britain, public-service workers must rely on state handouts?

We are talking about frontline workers who serve our communities day in, day out. Street sweepers, social workers, classroom assistants, housing officers, cleaners, dinner ladies. All will be standing together on 4th February and demanding an answer to this question: why are we made scapegoats for a financial crisis we had nothing to do with?

Because as Mervyn King admitted to the TUC a few years ago, not a single trade unionist contributed to the 2008 economic collapse. The fault lay entirely with greedy bankers cosseted by pathetic regulators.

So it’s no surprise that local-government staff are angry and want to speak out. They have more reason to than most. I will be proud to join them on February 4th.”
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Contact: Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services on 07860 606137 or GMB Press Office: 07974 252823 or 07921 289880.

Notes to Editors: Please call the local GMB Organiser shown in the table of event above for each of the separate demos.