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Mass meeting shows mood to stop Sheffield council pay cut

Issue No. 2383

More than 400 council workers attended a mass meeting on Monday of this week to discuss a proposed pay cut by Sheffield council. 

The workers, in the GMB, Unison and Unite unions, were extremely angry.

Many have already had huge pay cuts from recent “pay and grading” changes. The bosses’ new proposal will leave some around £3,000 worse off over three years.

Sheffield council wants to get rid of the incremental pay progression that reflects the experience workers build up each year.

The meeting reflected anger that the Labour-run council isn’t standing up to the government and that unions should lead a militant campaign against the attacks. 

The unions are holding indicative ballots until the end of this month. If workers reject the proposals, they will move to ballot for action.

Bea Kay

Workers at South Gloucestershire council have voted by 66 percent to accept an offer from bosses. 

The offer gives workers the equivalent of one year’s enhanced Saturday pay.

But the Unison union members are still angry at the council’s removal of enhanced Saturday pay—an average pay cut of 10 percent.

The workers struck several times against the attack.

The offer will give workers more money than they lost by striking. But it still represents a serious attack.

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Tue 10 Dec 2013, 17:47 GMT
Issue No. 2383
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