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50 GMB Protests For £1 Hour Pay Rise

Monday, February 3, 2014

GMB Council Workers Protests 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 workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will hold protest demonstrations outside their workplaces as part of their pay claim for £1 an hour pay rise. See table below for list of 50 GMB demonstrations. This list is not exhaustive as there are joint demonstrations in many areas as well.

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.

The details of GMB demonstrations taking place on Tuesday 4th February are as follows:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT - 4 FEBRUARY “DAY OF PROTEST” GMB EVENTS

COUNCIL

DETAILS OF EVENT

GMB CONTACT

Sandwell

 

12-2pm Sandwell Council House, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 3DE

 

A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader

Pauline Hinks

07809 617761

Coventry

12-2pm Town Hall, Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR

 

A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader

Pauline Hinks

07809 617761

Wolverhampton

12-2pm Wolverhampton Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1SH

 

A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader

Pauline Hinks

07809 617761

Walsall

Petition - 12-2pm Walsall Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 1TP

Pauline Hinks

07809 617761

Stoke on Trent

 

12-2pm Stoke on Trent Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

 

A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader

Pauline Hinks

07809 617761

Birmingham

12-2pm Woodcock Street Site, Birmingham

 

A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader

Pauline Hinks

07809 617761

Redbridge

12noon, Town Hall, 128-142 High Road, Ilford IG1 1DD

 

Dave Powell

07710 631349

Waltham Forest

12noon, Waltham Forest Town Hall, 701 Forest Rd, Walthamstow, Greater London E17 4JF

Dave Powell

07710 631349

Barking & Dagenham

12 noon, Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU, Spaceman Demo with slogan “£1 an hour pay rise doesn’t cost the Earth”

 

Dave Powell

07710 631349

Hounslow

12noon, Civic Centre, Lampton Rd, Hounslow, Greater London TW3 4DN

Dave Powell

07710 631349

Islington

10 am, Spaceman Demo with slogan “£1 an hour pay rise doesn’t cost the Earth” Town Hall, 222 Upper Street, London, N1 1XR

Dave Powell

07710 631349

 

Harrow

12noon – Harrow Council Civil Centre, Station Road, Harrow, Middx HA1 2XY.

Uma Kumuran, Labour PCC for Harrow East will attend

Steve Sweeney

07703 469403

 

Southend BC

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Civic Centre steps, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER

Dave Powell

07710 631349

Leicester City Council

12-2pm in Town Hall Square, New Walk Centre, Welford Place, LE1 6ZG

Sian McClarence

07966 327972

Nottingham City Council

Day of protest at Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG

Chris Needham

07966 327974

Hull City Council

8.30 am until 6.30 pm  outside the Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 2AA

Shaun Clarkson

07738 767561

South Tyneside

12noon-1.00 pm:

 

Middlefield’s Depot, Middlefields Industrial Estate, South Shields, NE34 ONU : near canteen area

 

Kelly House, Campbell Park Road, Hebburn NE31 2SN : in the car park

 

Central Library, Prince Georg Square, South Shields NE33 2PE : outside the front entrance

 

Strathmore & Hawthorne sites, Rolling Mill Road, Jarrow NE32 3DP : in the car park

Keir Howe

07870 176727

Wigan

12 – 1 Lunchtime Wigan Town Hall, Town Hall, Library St, Wigan, Lancashire WN1 1YN

Graham McDermott

07974 018404

Winsford

Lunchtime Winsford Town Hall, Winsford Town Council Offices, Wyvern House, The Drumber,  Winsford Cheshire CW7 1AH

Graham McDermott

07974 018404

Knowsley

Lunchtime Knowsley Town Hall, Municipal Buildings, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby L32 1TX

Graham McDermott

07974 018404

Bolton

Lunchtime Bolton Town Hall Town Hall, Victoria Square, Bolton

BL1 1RU

Graham McDermott

07974 018404

Lewisham

1.00 pm outside Lewisham Town Hall, Catford Road, SE6 4RU

 

Nadine Houghton

07714 239227

Greenwich

12 noon outside the Woolwich Centre, 35 Welliington Street, Woolwich, SE18 6HQ

Nick Day

07717 510047

Wiltshire

10.00 am and again at 12noon outside County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Carol Vallely

07810 553393

Lambeth

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Outside Lambeth Town Hall Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW

 

Sheila Carson

07710 591388

Bexley

12.30pm-1.30 pm at Bexley Centre, Broadway, Bexleyheath DA6 7LB

Clive Smith

07802 958554

Southwark

12.30 pm outside Peckham Library/Pulse Fitness Centre, 122 Peckham Hill Street, Peckham, London SE15 5JR

Clive Smith

07802 958554

Bexhill

Bexhill High School, 1 PM Gunters Lane, Bexhill on Sea, TN39 4BY,

Rachel Verdin 079316 796733

Bournemouth

Bournemouth Council, 12.30 -1, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth BH2 6DY

Adrian Baker 07841071849

Richmond upon Thames

Kingston Borough Council 1-2, York House, Civic Centre, Richmond

Paul Grafton 07714239092

Slough

Slough Borough Council, 8 am, St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough. SL1 3UF (at side entrance)       

Frank Minal 07713 079930

Poole

Poole Borough Council, 12.30-1, Civic Offices, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU

Adrian Baker 07841071849

East Sussex

8am – Ocean House, 87-89 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6DH

Rachel Verdin

079316 796733

Reading

12.30-1.30 pm Civic Centre, Reading RG1 7AE

Carol Vallely

07810 553393

Southampton

12.30pm -1.30pm Guild Square, Southampton

 

Adrian Baker

07841 971849

Windsor & Maidenhead

8am outside Windsor & Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1RF

Frank Minal

07713 079930

Wandsworth

 12pm-2.00pm outside Wandsworth The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street London SW18 2PU.

Keiron Merrit

07866 441656

Gloucestershire County Council

Lunchtime 12-2 gatherings organised at:

Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG

&

Municipal Offices Promenade Cheltenham GL50 9SA

Wayne Powell

07957 265763

City & County of Swansea

From 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road Swansea. SA1 3SN, in relation to closure of residential homes/day centres and pay claim.

Althea Phillips

07980 753125

Powys CC

12-2pm Lunchtime walkouts/demos outside Civic Offices:

County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG

&

Cambrian Way, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7HR

Althea Phillips

07980 753125

Carmarthen Council

12-2pm at Civic Offices Lunchtime walkout/demo about home closures and wage claim between

Althea Phillips

07980 753125

Pembs Council

 

Lunchtime walkout/demo about home closures and wage claim at 12.30pm at Civic Offices, County Hall, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA61 1TP

Althea Phillips

07980 753125

Caerphilly CBC

12-2pm  outside Ty Penallta Buildings Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7PG

Kelly Andrews

07980 753131

Caernarfon

12 noon – at Council Offices, Shirehall St, Caernarfon LL55 1SH

Mark Jones

07771 908281

Plymouth CC

5am Leafleting every major PCC workplace – Prince Rock, 7am Midland, Civic Centre, Windsor.

 

12-2pm Lunchtime rally in the Guildhall.

Kevin Mason

01752 660219

Merthyr Tydfil CBC

12.00/1.00 pm outside Civic Centre , Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN.

Gareth Morgans

07980 75310

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. They work as street sweepers, social workers, classroom assistants, housing officers, cleaners, and 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 staffs are angry and want to speak out. They have more reason to than most. I will be proud to join them on February 4th."
 
Ends

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.

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