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Greenwich council workers' anger at council single status proposals

by Greenwich Council Worker
Issue No. 1000

Over 250 Greenwich council workers in Unison met and all condemned the councils latest single status proposals.


The latest proposals include home care workers – mostly low paid women – losing over £20 per week, which shows how the council are not telling the truth when they claim that their proposals will benefit the low paid women.

Another section were told if they do not agree to accept a one off payment for their night and weekend work enhancement that the council will make them redundant.


The branch has made it clear that members will fight this sort of bullying. The council have been forced to make huge concessions in a lot of areas because of our campaign.The meeting agreed that we will not let the council divide and separate us and that not a single member can be left worse off from any deal.


Council workers are outraged that on top of the massive pay rises that councillors and chief officers gave themselves the it has been reported in a local paper that the council was planning to spend over £95,000 on a 'lavish corporate box at the new O2 stadium (the Dome).


There was also huge anger at the insulting 2 percent pay offer that council workers have been offered. 


The same evening over 100 council workers lobbied the councillors and chef officers. Everyone made their anger known at councillors and chief officers entering the meeting. Lots of council workers signed petitions in support of postal workers saying that they needed to win in their dispute.


The council have still not made their 'final' offer but council workers are clear that the fight needs to continue and will need to include strike action if the council does not back down.


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Mon 2 Jul 2007, 11:09 BST
Issue No. 1000
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