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Council staff determined to make a noise over protests
2:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
COUNCIL staff were determined to make a big noise over the changes to senior management structure.
And dozens turned out on Monday with horns and whistles to voice their opposition at the plans union leaders have branded ‘immoral and obscene’.
Eddie Cooper, aged 59, who works in the council's refuse department, said: "I don't think it's fair. Some staff have had job evaluations and lost money. Those people are in debt now struggling to pay their bills."
Sue Fellows, a cleaner, added: “I’m really disgusted with the council.
“We were told it was a one per cent pay rise across the board because the Government had said.
“I retire next year but I feel so strongly and am thinking of the people coming after me.”
While council worker Ian Mountain said: “It’s not that we want pay rises, we want equality. The way it has been done is underhanded.”
Union bosses had led the protests before the full council meeting on Monday night.
And despite a heavy downpour staff’s whistles could still be heard as councillors discussed the report.
Speaking before the vote GMB branch secretary Bob Pinnock said: “With the attitude of this Labour administration we fully expect for them to get this plan approved.
"Had we still had the previous administration this would never have happened. We had a better relationship with the Lib Dems and Conservatives when they were in power.
“We would expect the senior management to lead by example. These are people on £75,000 to over £100,000 a year already.
“These workers have had a pay freeze for three years and have been given a one per cent rise.
“Many of our members have got far more responsibility because their team has been reduced.
“They have not been given pay rises, they are expected to do it.”
Pam Howard, joint branch secretary of Unison added: “Our staff are totally demoralized with the proposals. There are tough times ahead with £15million savings next year.
“All the staff have to go through a robust regarding process to have any hope of a pay rise. We have no idea what process the senior managers have gone through. We have not been given any of the detail.”
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