Socialist Worker

Wolverhampton single status carnage

Issue No. 2081

In Wolverhampton some workers have been forced to rely on rumours and speculation about radical reductions in their pay packets after problems with the delivery of letters.

Workers have described scenes of “carnage” in the council as rumours spread about the salary cuts – the biggest pay upheaval to hit the council. Some workers went home in tears after it was revealed up to £11,000 had been slashed from pay packets.

Around 9,500 workers should have received personal letters at their homes last week giving individual implications of the “single status” arrangement. Some of the letters, which have been sent out externally, were delayed by a printing problem.

One administrations worker, said, “It is shocking. It’s an absolute farce and the morale is so low now.”

One worker wrote to Socialist Worker saying, “I work for Wolverhampton refuse department and have just been downgraded in my job to £12,000 a year – a £10,000 a year drop in pay.

“I’ll lose everything, including my pension. I’ve given this council over 20 years of my life and now I’ll lose my home and probably my family.

“Thank you, Labour and Gordon Brown. How does this authority sleep at night with their overinflated egos and wages to match?”

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