Report this comment
  • "
    George4th wrote:
    Ant Smoking MP wrote:
    aldermoorboy wrote:
    I note no Labour supporter has commented on my 5th point see below :-
    5/. Another achievement saving Council tax payers money by getting rich unions to pay their own staff rather than the poor council tax payers ( will Labour cancel that if they ever get back in power?)
    I suspect I HAVE HIT A NERVE, I wait a reply with much interest.
    Because it is a stupid argument!! The bosses at SCC value the role of full time union reps in saving money by resolving disputes and saving the council millions in Tribunal Awards. Facility time is agreed, yes that right, agreed between the SCC bosses and the unions for valuable Industrial relations work that would normally be conducted in circumstances where there are no unions individually with each employee. Without union facilities the council would have to get agreement with 4300 individuals. That would cost more than two full time official posts each time!!
    Tories seem to know the proce of everything but the value of nothing. That why they are not fit to rule.
    "Tories seem to know the price of everything but the value of nothing. That why they are not fit to rule."

    Whereas the last Labour government and Southampton's 25 years of Labour councils showed us that Labour did not know the price of anything and added nothing of value! (Good at getting us all in debt though!)

    "That why they are not fit to rule."

    If you wish for a return to incompetence and a weaker economy and valueless pensions and no NHS then go ahead, keep voting for Labour. Given past performance, that's what you will be condeming future generations to.

    Twice Labour have led us to the door of bankruptcy. and control by the IMF. Do you want to do it a third time?!
    George 4th is demonstrating how Tories dont understand anything other than their own incoherent ramblings. Serious historical research shows the bankruptcy of their economic arguments. But what amazes me is their total ignorance and denial of the worst economic crisis of the last 70 odd years. I think George 4th thinks and believes that the actions of the UK financial insitututions were all to blame on Gordon Brown!! You keep convincing yourself George if it makes you feel better, while atthe same time you shout at the mirror saying "we dont want to end up like Greece"!! How pathetic you are!!"
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Unions call off SeaCity Museum protest in Southampton

SeaCity Museum, Southampton

SeaCity Museum, Southampton

First published in Business Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

UNIONS have called off the threat of industrial action on the day the city’s £15m Titanic museum opens.

The decision comes after members refused to back it.

Leaders of the Unison and Unite unions said they did not want to cause distress to a parade of 500 children each carrying an image of one of those who died in the disaster, many from Southampton, during the commemorations on April 10.

The parade would have clashed with a union walkout and protest march over mass pay cuts imposed on staff last summer. Unions said they weren’t previously aware of the children’s parade.

Tory council leaders had slammed the proposed industrial action as “despicable” and “a new low” in the bitter dispute.

Unions leaders insist it was not designed to diminish the memory of dead Southampton seafarers, most of whom were members of trade unions, and were disappointed that Conservative councillors made such an accusation.

They said council workers believed money saved by cutting their wages has been used to fund the construction of the £15m SeaCity Museum.

The council received a £4.9m lottery grant to build it. The remainder will come from fundraising and asset sales.

Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said the museum was opening “purely to enhance the Conservatives’ election campaign”.

He said: “Council workers remain angry that their wages have been cut while money is spent on Cllr Smith’s vanity project.”

Council leader Royston Smith said: “It is great news that the unions have decided not to protest on this day and I’m pleased that they have seen sense. As the city remembers and pays tribute to all those Southampton people who died onboard Titanic, and hundreds of children parade through the city, it would have been completely inappropriate for a protest to take place.”

Comments (95)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree