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Birmingham workers protest against imposed wage cuts

Issue No. 2081

Protesting in Birmingham last week (Pic: Pete Jackson)

Protesting in Birmingham last week (Pic: Pete Jackson)

Workers at Birmingham council have been contacting Socialist Worker in response to the council’s imposition of single status pay cuts.

Some 1,500 council workers turned out last week to protest against the cuts. Workers in the Unison, GMB and Unite unions at the council will start a strike ballot on 2 January.

More shocking details of the council’s scheme are now coming to light. Three workers will lose over £30,000 a year each. Drivers for the meals on wheels service – who are already on very low salaries – are losing around £5,000 a year.

Over 40 workers face losses of £16,000 to £12,000 a year – which in some cases would halve their wages.

Many workers now fear losing their homes. “I will be over £600 a month worse off, which is the cost of my mortgage,” one told Socialist Worker. “Is this how the council intends to reward my years of service?”

Hundreds of angry workers lobbied a cabinet meeting of Birmingham City Council last week. Some 40,000 workers are affected by the new pay and grading system – with thousands set to lose out.

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