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Protest at Fife Police College

Thursday, March 7, 2013

GMB members in living wage protest at passing out ceremony at Scottish Fife police college Friday 8th March.

These mainly women workers are on hourly rate well below a living wage contrary to policy of the Scottish Government to back the living wage.

GMB members employed by Sodexo will mount a peaceful protest at Tulliallan Police College in Fife tomorrow morning (Friday 8 March) in their campaign for a living wage.

The protest coincides with the final ever passing out ceremony for police officers in the soon to be disbanded eight Scottish regional constabularies. From 1st April there will be a single Scottish Police Service, Police Scotland which is headquartered at the College in Fife.

The 20 workers employed by Sodexo to provide catering services at the College claim that they should receive a minimum hourly rate of £7.20 an hour. Most only earn £6.37 an hour. Following an official ballot when the workers voted unanimously for industrial action there has been an overtime ban in place at the College for the past month.

The detail of the protest are as follows:

From 8.30 am and 10.00 am on

Friday 8 March 2013

Scottish Police College
Tulliallan Castle
Kincardine
Fife
FK10 4BE

Richard Leonard, GMB Scotland Organiser, said “This protest action is being taken because we want to highlight to the new Scottish Police Authority, the public at large and any elected representatives attending this historical ceremony that one key part of the Scottish Police Service is presiding over poverty pay.

Most of these predominantly women workers are paid an hourly rate which means they fall well below the Living Wage. It is the policy of the Scottish Government to back the Living Wage. It is the policy of Scottish Local Government to back the Living Wage. Central Scotland Police has recently agreed to be a Living Wage employer so all we are asking is that the new Scottish Police Authority and Sodexo get together to right this wrong.

We are due to hold further talks with Sodexo on Monday of next week. If we can’t make progress then we will have to examine how else we can step up pressure, and that means strike action cannot be ruled out.”

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Contact: Richard Leonard on 07703 465447 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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