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Surrey County Council workers set to walk out over pay

Issue No. 2035

Local government workers across Surrey are set to strike on 6, 7 and 8 February as part of their campaign over pay.

The workers, members of the Unison union, held two one day strikes at the end of last year.

Surrey County Council has sought to impose a 2 percent pay deal on the workers who for historical reasons have local pay bargaining rather than being included in national pay negotiations.

The council is meeting on the first day of the strike, so the workers have called a mass protest outside the meeting.

With price inflation running at over 4 percent, the workers have argued for a 4 percent pay rise, or £500, whichever is greater, backdated to April 2006.

Union convenor Paul Couchman told Socialist Worker, 'This is a rabidly Tory council that does what it likes.'

The union has been strengthened by the action, and has gained over 200 new members.

Norfolk council workers up in arms

Workers at Breckland council in Norfolk are furious after the former chief executive walked off with a severence package worth £65,000 without serving any notice.

Unison union branch secretary Mark Broughton said staff felt angry at the amount of public money being spent on consultants and the way council bosses treat rank and file staff. At least three senior managers at Breckland are on long-term sick leave.

Mark Broughton said, 'When people resign they do not usually have any kind of pay-off. The council have a heavy-handed approach.

'Their definition of consultation seems to be this is what is going to happen and here it is. They do not leave much chance for people to raise issues.

'This is public money and when we have consultants here for years, not months, it does raise concerns.'

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Sat 27 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2035
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