LEEDS COUNCIL workers in the GMB union have voted two to one against a single status pay deal.
Bill Chard, the GMB regional officer, told Socialist Worker, “The vote was 1,004 against acceptance and 529 for. It shows that very many people are angry about this deal.
‘Our objections are threefold: firstly there are far too many low-paid workers who are getting tiny increases but much less than they should get. You have kitchen assistants and cleaners and care workers who remain at around £6 an hour.
“Secondly, there are people who should be getting a rise who are just standing still.
“And thirdly there are groups such as refuse workers who are losing up to £120 a week.
“We built the vote by having lots of meetings. We have met around 1,500 members face to face over the last few weeks. We listened to those soundings, and the recommendation to reject is a result of that.
“We will have a shop stewards’ meeting in January to decide where to go next. There are strong calls from some groups to go for a strike ballot.
“Groups like the carers said they would find it hard to strike, but the refuse workers said that they would be prepared to fight for everyone.”