Council staff march on Town Hall in protest against pay freezes

Friday, 7th February 2014

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Published: 7 February, 2014

By TOM FOOT

COUNCIL workers chanted “low pay, no way” as they marched towards the Town Hall on a chilly Tuesday night.

Camden Unison say their members have effectively had an 18 per cent cut in wages since 2010 because of a three-year pay freeze. Last year, staff received a 1 per cent pay rise – well below inflation.

Speaking from a red bus parked in Bidborough Street, King’s Cross, Camden Unison branch secretary George Binette said: “Those pay cuts have done nothing to stop jobs or the erosion of services. Our members are determined to fight for a real pay rise this year. 

“The cuts have already caused the loss of 900 jobs in Camden Council since the Tory-led coalition [Government] came to power in 2010. This is a fight about putting an end to this 

age of austerity, which for us means a continued assault on real pay.”

Around 80 people joined the march, which coincided with the start of a two-day tube strike called by the RMT and TSSA transport unions over the closure of all ticket offices.

RMT London regional secretary Don Reid spoke at the event. He told the marchers: “What you haven’t heard from the Evening Standard is that in three years’ time our average member will take a cut of £5,000. 

“What that rag is saying is that tube workers should not be getting £30,000 to £35,000 a year.

“We will fight that. We have seen the attacks on postal workers, firefighters and council workers. It’s time to build a resistance, organise strikes – local strikes, national strikes – we need to fight for a change politically as well."

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