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November 6th Sheffield School Strike

Thursday, October 31, 2013

GMB Members At Sheffield Park Academy To Strike On Wednesday For £7.45 Per Hour Living Wage

The current hourly rate of pay for cleaners at Park Academy is £6.32 or just 1p per hour above the national minimum wage says GMB.

GMB cleaners employed by contractor Ocean at Sheffield Park Academy, Beaumont Road North, Sheffield, will take part in strike action on Wednesday, November 6th to fight for a living wage of £7.45 per hour.

During the day of strike action the members are staging a protest demonstration as follows:

From 12 noon November 6th

At a GMB gazebo outside Sheffield Town Hall

Town Hall
Pinstone Street
Sheffield S1 2HH

The cleaners will also be putting questions to a full Council meeting at 2.00pm.

Peter Davies, GMB Regional Officer, said “These member’s jobs were out-sourced by United Learning Trust to Ocean earlier in the year. At the time some were of the opinion that this was to avoid paying the living wage.

Now Ocean, their new employer, won't even discuss paying this rate of pay and are striving at every opportunity to get more and more from these workers for less and less. The current hourly rate of pay for cleaners at Park Academy is £6.32 or just 1p per hour above the national minimum wage.

GMB is calling on the public and other trades unionists to join these women members in their fight out-side Sheffield Town Hall and sign our living wage petition.

These members will ask what Sheffield City Council are doing to encourage all schools and out-sourced partners to pay a living wage in Sheffield. So far, and almost a year since the Council announced the living wage as a policy in Sheffield, there has been some approval and support from elected members for this GMB campaign in out-sourced services and schools. We have had some notable success (Veolia, Amey, Norse, Enterprise and Green Co for example) but meanwhile most council officers and partners continue to find solutions to avoid paying up.

GMB consider that its time to demand a living wage for the lowest paid workers in all schools and the public sector and our councillors, all of them, need to come off the side lines and join the GMB fight for a fair days pay, especially when they themselves are the paymasters.”


Contact: Peter Davies 07501 228313 or 0845 337 7777 or GMB press office 07921 289880


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