Southampton City Council staff members of Unison to stage a demonstration in Guildhall Square

Council staff in pay protest

Council staff in pay protest

First published in News
Last updated

UNION members will protest for better pay in Southampton today.

Members of Unison will stage a demonstration in Guildhall Square at 12.30pm.

They are protesting in favour of councils and employers in Hampshire introducing the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour.

Southampton City Council has already committed to introducing the wage, but the union is calling on other councils and employers in the county to follow suit.

Regional organiser Andy Straker said: “Making the Living Wage the bottom rate of pay in local government and giving everyone an earnings boost would not only improve morale, reduce sick leave and let employees know that they are valued after all, it would inject some growth into local economies."

Comments (21)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:40am Tue 1 Apr 14

Dai Rear says...

But the greatest inhibition on employment are State payroll taxes and the apparatus of tribunals hearing nebulous complaints at the great expense of employers. Moreover the function of a Trades Union is the betterment of its members , not the floating of its hypotheses about what particular measure would improve things. I'll tell them one that would be worth shouting about though and the evidence for which passes us every minute on the roads.. Brits! Buy cars made by our people. Beemers, Porsches Audis and Mercs are made by Turkish gastarbeiter at no benefit to anyone you know. Government-or what passes for it-organise "made in Britain" stickers on cars. No more German cars = positive balance of trade.
But the greatest inhibition on employment are State payroll taxes and the apparatus of tribunals hearing nebulous complaints at the great expense of employers. Moreover the function of a Trades Union is the betterment of its members , not the floating of its hypotheses about what particular measure would improve things. I'll tell them one that would be worth shouting about though and the evidence for which passes us every minute on the roads.. Brits! Buy cars made by our people. Beemers, Porsches Audis and Mercs are made by Turkish gastarbeiter at no benefit to anyone you know. Government-or what passes for it-organise "made in Britain" stickers on cars. No more German cars = positive balance of trade. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

9:28am Tue 1 Apr 14

From the sidelines says...

Hey, taxpayers, Unison and the bolshie mob at the council want more of YOUR MONEY.

And they have the audacity to pretend it's for your own good.

Sack the lot of them.
Hey, taxpayers, Unison and the bolshie mob at the council want more of YOUR MONEY. And they have the audacity to pretend it's for your own good. Sack the lot of them. From the sidelines
  • Score: -5

9:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

Dai Rear says...

I know that technology finally won but I would single out the NGA as being a most successful union FOR ITS MEMBERS and the reason was no secret. It didn't play with silly left wing politics. Trades Unions are part of the free market bargaining system or they're nothing. In UK so many have been hijacked by the socialists that it's no surprise that, outside the artificial bargaining world of the public sector, they have failed.
I know that technology finally won but I would single out the NGA as being a most successful union FOR ITS MEMBERS and the reason was no secret. It didn't play with silly left wing politics. Trades Unions are part of the free market bargaining system or they're nothing. In UK so many have been hijacked by the socialists that it's no surprise that, outside the artificial bargaining world of the public sector, they have failed. Dai Rear
  • Score: -2

10:50am Tue 1 Apr 14

tootle says...

So pay them more. Why not? Mainly because there is no need for it. The take home pay could be increased virtually to the so called "living wage" merely by taking the tax/NI allowance up to the minimum
wage level. If not for excessive taxation there would be no need for this "living wage". People on benefits are paying tax - why?. If they need benefits to top up their wages then it is surely immoral to take deductions from those wages.Council tax has gone up this year. If this comes in then it will have to go up again. Now Council workers getting the increase will be able to pay it - what about those on fixed incomes, working in the private sector, living on benefits(and yes their contribution has gone up by more than their benefit according to my daughter). - we will all be poorer to pay for an increase that is not necessary. Unions should be lobbying the politicians to put the tax allowance level up as soon as possible to at least 15K, not just trying to get a small part of the workforce more money at the expense of the majority..
So pay them more. Why not? Mainly because there is no need for it. The take home pay could be increased virtually to the so called "living wage" merely by taking the tax/NI allowance up to the minimum wage level. If not for excessive taxation there would be no need for this "living wage". People on benefits are paying tax - why?. If they need benefits to top up their wages then it is surely immoral to take deductions from those wages.Council tax has gone up this year. If this comes in then it will have to go up again. Now Council workers getting the increase will be able to pay it - what about those on fixed incomes, working in the private sector, living on benefits(and yes their contribution has gone up by more than their benefit according to my daughter). - we will all be poorer to pay for an increase that is not necessary. Unions should be lobbying the politicians to put the tax allowance level up as soon as possible to at least 15K, not just trying to get a small part of the workforce more money at the expense of the majority.. tootle
  • Score: -3

11:50am Tue 1 Apr 14

loosehead says...

So they get their pay restored & a 1.9%pay rise each year for four years at Tax payers expense they see lower paid workers losing their jobs to fund the restoration of pay & services cut yet that's not good enough?
Why not say this is the round we've done it & you can do this amount of bins with no need for overtime & see if that makes them happy?
So they get their pay restored & a 1.9%pay rise each year for four years at Tax payers expense they see lower paid workers losing their jobs to fund the restoration of pay & services cut yet that's not good enough? Why not say this is the round we've done it & you can do this amount of bins with no need for overtime & see if that makes them happy? loosehead
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Lone Ranger. says...

How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p.
.
How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE .......
.
....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........
How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p. . How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE ....... . ....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........ Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -3

3:06pm Tue 1 Apr 14

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p.
.
How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE .......
.
....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........
How many council workers are below £17,500 a year? How many average £25,000 a year?
How many of the lowest earners under Labour have lost their jobs?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p. . How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE ....... . ....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........[/p][/quote]How many council workers are below £17,500 a year? How many average £25,000 a year? How many of the lowest earners under Labour have lost their jobs? loosehead
  • Score: 1

3:29pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Shoong says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p.
.
How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE .......
.
....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........
That's utter crud & you know it.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p. . How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE ....... . ....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........[/p][/quote]That's utter crud & you know it. Shoong
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Tue 1 Apr 14

tootle says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p.
.
How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE .......
.
....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........
The union should be fighting for it''s members interests. To fight for a living wage is to increase the tax burden on Council tax payers, the employees and the Council. To fight for a dramatic rise in tax allowance would gain most of the increase without costing me(council tax payer) or the Council a penny and the worker would be better off too,
.
As to binmen - mine are great..
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p. . How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE ....... . ....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........[/p][/quote]The union should be fighting for it''s members interests. To fight for a living wage is to increase the tax burden on Council tax payers, the employees and the Council. To fight for a dramatic rise in tax allowance would gain most of the increase without costing me(council tax payer) or the Council a penny and the worker would be better off too, . As to binmen - mine are great.. tootle
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Lone Ranger. says...

tootle wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p.
.
How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE .......
.
....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........
The union should be fighting for it''s members interests. To fight for a living wage is to increase the tax burden on Council tax payers, the employees and the Council. To fight for a dramatic rise in tax allowance would gain most of the increase without costing me(council tax payer) or the Council a penny and the worker would be better off too,
.
As to binmen - mine are great..
So are my binmen great ...... but whats that got to do with it ??
[quote][p][bold]tootle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p. . How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE ....... . ....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........[/p][/quote]The union should be fighting for it''s members interests. To fight for a living wage is to increase the tax burden on Council tax payers, the employees and the Council. To fight for a dramatic rise in tax allowance would gain most of the increase without costing me(council tax payer) or the Council a penny and the worker would be better off too, . As to binmen - mine are great..[/p][/quote]So are my binmen great ...... but whats that got to do with it ?? Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -1

5:12pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Oh dear a few ruffled feathers i see ....... looks like a hit a delicate spot with some posters ...... oh yes the usual "Im alright Jacks" .......
.
I cant see why you are so upset !!
Oh dear a few ruffled feathers i see ....... looks like a hit a delicate spot with some posters ...... oh yes the usual "Im alright Jacks" ....... . I cant see why you are so upset !! Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -1

6:32pm Tue 1 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

Regional organiser Andy Straker said: “Making the Living Wage the bottom rate of pay in local government and giving everyone an earnings boost would not only improve morale, reduce sick leave and let employees know that they are valued after all, it would inject some growth into local economies."

So Mr Straker is openly stating that his members are pulling false sickies. Maybe the Council need to look into this more?
Regional organiser Andy Straker said: “Making the Living Wage the bottom rate of pay in local government and giving everyone an earnings boost would not only improve morale, reduce sick leave and let employees know that they are valued after all, it would inject some growth into local economies." So Mr Straker is openly stating that his members are pulling false sickies. Maybe the Council need to look into this more? IronLady2010
  • Score: -4

7:38pm Tue 1 Apr 14

plastic_fantastic says...

Do a better job and you may get a pay rise!!! Oh thank you for increasing my Council Tax for the sterling job you do.
Do a better job and you may get a pay rise!!! Oh thank you for increasing my Council Tax for the sterling job you do. plastic_fantastic
  • Score: 0

9:10pm Tue 1 Apr 14

loosehead says...

So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then?
How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council?
Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they?
Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels?
So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?
So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then? How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council? Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they? Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels? So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut? loosehead
  • Score: 0

9:47pm Tue 1 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

loosehead wrote:
So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then?
How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council?
Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they?
Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels?
So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?
Shhhhhhhh, I hear Unite are considering (as an option) to pull funding from Labour. That'll set the cat among the pigeons......
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then? How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council? Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they? Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels? So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?[/p][/quote]Shhhhhhhh, I hear Unite are considering (as an option) to pull funding from Labour. That'll set the cat among the pigeons...... IronLady2010
  • Score: -4

6:13am Wed 2 Apr 14

loosehead says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then?
How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council?
Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they?
Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels?
So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?
Shhhhhhhh, I hear Unite are considering (as an option) to pull funding from Labour. That'll set the cat among the pigeons......
they said if Labour lose the next elections then the Labour party will no longer represent the working class & will pull their funding from the Labour Party.
Can you believe it? A union saying Labour no longer represents the working class?
I wonder how long it will take the voters to work out if you never want to work vote Labour if you do work then vote Tory?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then? How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council? Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they? Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels? So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?[/p][/quote]Shhhhhhhh, I hear Unite are considering (as an option) to pull funding from Labour. That'll set the cat among the pigeons......[/p][/quote]they said if Labour lose the next elections then the Labour party will no longer represent the working class & will pull their funding from the Labour Party. Can you believe it? A union saying Labour no longer represents the working class? I wonder how long it will take the voters to work out if you never want to work vote Labour if you do work then vote Tory? loosehead
  • Score: -1

8:37am Wed 2 Apr 14

Lone Ranger. says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then?
How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council?
Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they?
Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels?
So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?
Shhhhhhhh, I hear Unite are considering (as an option) to pull funding from Labour. That'll set the cat among the pigeons......
Yes that is an option in the unlikely event that Labour do not win the next general election.
.
Think about it ..... who else will the Union find to represent them in parliament ?
.
There is no other party running today that will have any influence in Westminster for decades ....... if ever.
.
So who will Unite turn to ?
.
They will continue as they are ........ So no cat amongst the pigeons then ......... How disappointed YOU will be ....... How awful that we will still have someone that will stand up against shoddy employers
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then? How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council? Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they? Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels? So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?[/p][/quote]Shhhhhhhh, I hear Unite are considering (as an option) to pull funding from Labour. That'll set the cat among the pigeons......[/p][/quote]Yes that is an option in the unlikely event that Labour do not win the next general election. . Think about it ..... who else will the Union find to represent them in parliament ? . There is no other party running today that will have any influence in Westminster for decades ....... if ever. . So who will Unite turn to ? . They will continue as they are ........ So no cat amongst the pigeons then ......... How disappointed YOU will be ....... How awful that we will still have someone that will stand up against shoddy employers Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

11:43am Wed 2 Apr 14

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then?
How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council?
Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they?
Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels?
So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?
Shhhhhhhh, I hear Unite are considering (as an option) to pull funding from Labour. That'll set the cat among the pigeons......
Yes that is an option in the unlikely event that Labour do not win the next general election.
.
Think about it ..... who else will the Union find to represent them in parliament ?
.
There is no other party running today that will have any influence in Westminster for decades ....... if ever.
.
So who will Unite turn to ?
.
They will continue as they are ........ So no cat amongst the pigeons then ......... How disappointed YOU will be ....... How awful that we will still have someone that will stand up against shoddy employers
Wasn't Unite backing the TUSC? weren't a few Unite officials standing for the Trade Unions & Socialist C party?
Come on Southy you should be shouting from the roof rafters about this so where are you.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So Andy Straker believes in pricing yourself out of a job then? How many low paid jobs have gone under this Labour council? Can someone tell me if when pay was restored to it's pre cut level did those under £17,500 take a pay cut? After all they had a pay rise under the Tory plan didn't they? Wasn't this Union involved in industrial action to get the pay back to pre cut levels? So If the council didn't cut the pay they didn't restore pay to the original levels & if they did isn't it a bit of a cheek a Union official going on about the living wage yet his actions saw the lowest paid take a pay cut?[/p][/quote]Shhhhhhhh, I hear Unite are considering (as an option) to pull funding from Labour. That'll set the cat among the pigeons......[/p][/quote]Yes that is an option in the unlikely event that Labour do not win the next general election. . Think about it ..... who else will the Union find to represent them in parliament ? . There is no other party running today that will have any influence in Westminster for decades ....... if ever. . So who will Unite turn to ? . They will continue as they are ........ So no cat amongst the pigeons then ......... How disappointed YOU will be ....... How awful that we will still have someone that will stand up against shoddy employers[/p][/quote]Wasn't Unite backing the TUSC? weren't a few Unite officials standing for the Trade Unions & Socialist C party? Come on Southy you should be shouting from the roof rafters about this so where are you. loosehead
  • Score: -1

11:45am Wed 2 Apr 14

loosehead says...

OH! Trade Unions &Socialists against the Cuts Party isn't it so they will have a political wing but not a Labour Party wing.
OH! Trade Unions &Socialists against the Cuts Party isn't it so they will have a political wing but not a Labour Party wing. loosehead
  • Score: 1

8:02am Thu 3 Apr 14

Dai Rear says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p.
.
How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE .......
.
....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........
A* for missing the point. A good union, NGA, FDA, looks after its members and doesn't "politic" A bad union, NUM, Unison , "politics" and is about the careers of its leadership.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p. . How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE ....... . ....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........[/p][/quote]A* for missing the point. A good union, NGA, FDA, looks after its members and doesn't "politic" A bad union, NUM, Unison , "politics" and is about the careers of its leadership. Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

8:07am Thu 3 Apr 14

loosehead says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p.
.
How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE .......
.
....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........
A* for missing the point. A good union, NGA, FDA, looks after its members and doesn't "politic" A bad union, NUM, Unison , "politics" and is about the careers of its leadership.
well said.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: How disgusting that a Union should stage a demonstration to encourage employers and Councils to pay employees a LIVING WAGE of £7.65p. . How dare they want to pay anyone a LIVING WAGE ....... . ....... and the ones that post their condemnation of the demonstration ..... Either happily retired on a pension fought for ...... by a Union ...... or in a job that allows them to post on the Echo website all day or in a very well paid job ........[/p][/quote]A* for missing the point. A good union, NGA, FDA, looks after its members and doesn't "politic" A bad union, NUM, Unison , "politics" and is about the careers of its leadership.[/p][/quote]well said. loosehead
  • Score: 0

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