Council staff set to hold a protest

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Staff at Northamptonshire County Council are set to hold a demonstration protesting against pay offers which union leaders say some staff will not be able to live on.
The Evening Telegraph reported last month that Unison was urging all county council workers to reject new pay offers being made to them and to launch immediate appeals.

The union said its members who work in schools and libraries will not be able to live on the new salaries being offered to them.

Now Northamptonshire’s Unison branch is planning to hold a demonstration at lunchtime on Tuesday outside County Hall in Northampton town centre.

The protest will be held at that time to coincide with the start of a meeting of the county council’s cabinet at 2pm at County Hall.

Staff who want to join the protest are being asked to meet on the front steps of County Hall at 1pm.

Unison will be giving out T-shirts to people who come along and there will also be whistles, placards and flags for union members to wave.

Northamptonshire Unison branch secretary Steve Bennett said the aim of the protest was to show staff were still not happy with the proposals and they were not willing to accept the changes on the cards without a fight.

He said: “This is to make the county council aware that we are still out here and still not happy to accept the despicable pay cuts under the umbrella of pay and benefits and the changes to our terms and conditions without any real consultation.

“We need as many people as possible to come along to the demonstration and let the county council see the feelings of those staff affected by this action.

“There will be a cabinet meeting taking place so we plan to make as much noise as possible to make them aware that we are not willing to accept these proposed changes.

“This whole project needs looking into and the county council should not use this to implement pay cuts to staff.”

In July hundreds of county council staff, including teaching assistants, social workers and school support staff, attended meetings organised by Unison in response to the pay offers issue.

At the meetings workers were asked if they would be willing to go on strike if necessary.

Unison held five meetings across Northamptonshire in one week in July where county council workers were invited to come along and discuss the matter.

About 200 people went along to each one.

Source – Evening Telegraph see here.

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One Response to “Council staff set to hold a protest”

  1. Northants Green Party Says:

    They should be paid properly. Thousands of staff have seen pay cuts for equality reasons I cannot fathom. I’m a school governor and many of our teaching assistants have seen their pay rates slashed, we are not talking about excessively paid people here. These people do the ‘essential’ jobs; they are not ungrateful box tickers advising local councils on things they already know. I totally support this action and see this as an inevitable consequence of recent council pay policies. Good luck to them and I hope that they get back what they deserve, decent pay.

    Jonathan Hornett, Green Party candidate, Wellingborough

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