GMB Demo at Windsor on Tuesday 18th December over pay cuts and to seek support for living wage of £8.55 per hour.
No other local authorities in the vicinity are moving away from the national agreement and regional pay was ruled out by the Deputy Prime Minister earlier this month says GMB.
GMB members are holding another demonstration in Windsor against proposed pay cuts for Windsor & Maidenhead council staff on Tuesday 18th December. Members will be dressed in Victorian themed outfits and will be ironically asking like Oliver Twist "please sir can I have my contract?"
As well as opposing these pay cuts GMB is seeking to build support for a claim for a living wage of £8.55 per hour for staff in the London conurbation.
The Council meeting on the 23rd October agreed to “dismiss Council employee’s wholesale and employ them on less favourable terms and conditions”. Councillors agreed to move forward with contractual sacking’s at the end February 2013.
The proposed changes will move away from nationally agreed terms and conditions to local arrangements. This is at odds with a statement made on December 5th by Deputy Prime Minister on ending moves to regional pay. See notes to editors for copy of statement. The council is looking to implement the changes from April 2013.
GMB members rejected the proposals in a ballot last October by 99%.
GMB members will hold the demo from:
7 P.M ONWARDS
TUESDAY 18th DECEMBER 2012
There will be GMB members with placards and flags. Members will be dressed in Victorian themed outfits and will be asking ‘please sir can I have my contract?’
Frank Minal, GMB Organiser, said “This is yet another demonstration by council staff as Windsor and Maidenhead councillors are not listening to their staff or considering the impact of their proposals on people’s lives.
No other local authorities in the vicinity are moving away from the national agreement and regional pay was ruled out by the Deputy Prime Minister earlier this month.
This council representing a very wealthy area has made no commitment to its own staff or does it do enough to train young workers. GMB will seek to build support for a claim for a living wage of £8.55 to be paid to all staff working for the public in Windsor and Maidenhead.”
Contact: Frank Minal, GMB Organiser on 07713 079930 or 01256 308080 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.
Notes to editors
Statement on Regional Pay.
On 5th December, after the Autumn statement, Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, said “The Coalition Government will not impose new regional pay rates or zones from the centre – and we won’t be returning to regional pay during this parliament. I want public sector workers to rest assured: what matters is how hard you work, not where you work, and that isn’t about to change.
I have been clear throughout that I would not support a move that either short-changed public sector workers or exacerbated the North/South divide at such a difficult time.
It’s clear to me how worried our public sector workers have been that – on top of all the other pressures they’re under – they’ll face a pay postcode lottery as well.
We are yet to see hard evidence to prove the claim that public sector salaries are crowding out business growth. And, on the contrary, there’s a real concern that any steps that reduce wages would take money out of local people’s pockets, hitting the local high street hard.
Public sector workers should have the confidence and stability that come from national pay bands. So they will remain. The case for regional pay has been looked at. It’s been lost. And, for this Coalition Government, that case is now closed.”