Thousands of council staff and school workers across Hampshire could strike next month

Council staff and school workers in strike threat

Council staff and school workers in strike threat

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THOUSANDS of council staff and school workers could go on strike next month.

Up to 9,000 workers across Hampshire could walk out as part of a bitter dispute over pay.

Unions have rejected a pay offer from the Local Government Association (LGA), and will ballot their members this week.

They say council staff and schools support workers saw a pay-freeze between 2009 and 2012 and a one per cent increase last year.

Last year the three unions representing the workers – Unite, Unison and the GMB – submitted a pay claim asking that the Government rubberstamp a minimum increase of £1 an hour for workers, many of whom they say are only just above the national minimum wage.

Since then the LGA has come back with an offer of a one per cent increase, and slightly more for workers on the lowest pay brackets, which would come out of Government coffers.

But union bosses labelled the offer “insulting”, and most members have rejected the offer.

That means up to 9,000 workers at Hampshire County Council, Southampton, Fareham, Eastleigh and the New Forest will now decide whether to strike or not.

Although no fixed date has been set, July 10 is a possible date for strike action to take place across the country.

Ian Woodland, Unite’s political officer for Hampshire and the South East, said: “We want to address the low pay issue in Hampshire and the public sector as a whole.

“It’s a big concern to us because we found many more people having their money topped up with benefits and having to use food banks because they are stuck in wage poverty.”

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6:18am Mon 9 Jun 14

loosehead says...

love to see what their average pay really is? (take home pay)
love to see what their average pay really is? (take home pay) loosehead
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7:20am Mon 9 Jun 14

Lurkio says...

My hourly rate is less than someone who works in Poundland and have had 10% pay cut over last two years..
My hourly rate is less than someone who works in Poundland and have had 10% pay cut over last two years.. Lurkio
  • Score: -1

8:39am Mon 9 Jun 14

wwozzer says...

Lurkio wrote:
My hourly rate is less than someone who works in Poundland and have had 10% pay cut over last two years..
Find a better job then, or start your own business. We are all in control of our own destiny.

Good luck to the council and school workers, they're the only serfs left with a voice and I really don't blame them for using it. The whole "we're all in this together" thing had worn a bit thin now especially when it's blatantly obvious some of us are a lot more in it than others.
[quote][p][bold]Lurkio[/bold] wrote: My hourly rate is less than someone who works in Poundland and have had 10% pay cut over last two years..[/p][/quote]Find a better job then, or start your own business. We are all in control of our own destiny. Good luck to the council and school workers, they're the only serfs left with a voice and I really don't blame them for using it. The whole "we're all in this together" thing had worn a bit thin now especially when it's blatantly obvious some of us are a lot more in it than others. wwozzer
  • Score: 6

9:34am Mon 9 Jun 14

skeptik says...

Not said often enough - thank you all you lads and lasses working in the public sector. Thousand and one jobs done daily that we do not see and just take for granted that things just seem to happen. I suppose many years in the forces is part of the 'burden' on the public purse. There is not one private company that would survive in a world without public service - some will say privatize it all then - but would they want it privatized without taxpayer subsidies and live with the 'pay as you use' system? The free market in this country appears to have a hand deep in the public purse - profits by default.
Not said often enough - thank you all you lads and lasses working in the public sector. Thousand and one jobs done daily that we do not see and just take for granted that things just seem to happen. I suppose many years in the forces is part of the 'burden' on the public purse. There is not one private company that would survive in a world without public service - some will say privatize it all then - but would they want it privatized without taxpayer subsidies and live with the 'pay as you use' system? The free market in this country appears to have a hand deep in the public purse - profits by default. skeptik
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Mon 9 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

Public sector revolting again. They can do this, the bill will be met by further raids on the wealth-generating members of society. In the real world, a company that pays its employees more than their value will soon cease to exist.

On the other hand, your day off is unlikely to inconvenience anyone, and we'll save a day's pay. So go on, do your worst.
Public sector revolting again. They can do this, the bill will be met by further raids on the wealth-generating members of society. In the real world, a company that pays its employees more than their value will soon cease to exist. On the other hand, your day off is unlikely to inconvenience anyone, and we'll save a day's pay. So go on, do your worst. From the sidelines
  • Score: -2

2:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

loosehead says...

So if we believe Labour & a few posters on here there are people crying out to work so if they feel so badly off leave & let some one else do the job as If I remember even refuse workers are on more than £17,500 so it can only be part time workers who are on less than poundland can't it?
Wasn't that the reason the Tories raised the start of pay cuts to above £22,000?
So if we believe Labour & a few posters on here there are people crying out to work so if they feel so badly off leave & let some one else do the job as If I remember even refuse workers are on more than £17,500 so it can only be part time workers who are on less than poundland can't it? Wasn't that the reason the Tories raised the start of pay cuts to above £22,000? loosehead
  • Score: -2

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