Campaigners call for pay rise for local council workers

Western Telegraph: UNITED: Members of the Unite and Unison trade unions made a stand outside County Hall on Tuesday

PICTURE: Western Telegraph
 (3817972) UNITED: Members of the Unite and Unison trade unions made a stand outside County Hall on Tuesday PICTURE: Western Telegraph (3817972)

TRADE unionists gathered outside County Hall in Haverfordwest on Tuesday, February 4 calling for fair pay for local government workers.

Members from Unison and Unite joined forces to campaign for a minimum pay increase of £1 an hour on scale point 5 to achieve the living wage and the same flat rate increase on all other scale points.

Local council workers have suffered an 18% cut in wages since 2010 because of a three year pay freeze and a pay rise of just 1% last year - which was well below inflation and left thousands of people struggling to make ends meet.

Vic Dennis is the branch secretary for Unison and he does not think it is a lot to ask.

He said: “A pay freeze and eight years of below-inflation pay rises since 1997 mean thousands of local government workers, from across the pay scale, are struggling to make ends meet.

“Over half a million, mostly women, mostly part-timers, earn less than the living wage. Only in local government and local authority schools are large numbers of public sector employees paid so poorly. No one in local government earns as much for the job they do as other public sector workers doing equivalent jobs elsewhere."

Mr Dennis added that Pembrokeshire County Council was the largest employer in the county by a mile, and paying the living wage will enhance the council’s reputation, boost morale and improve productivity.

“Living wage employers report retention of staff, improved service, and a reduction in absenteeism and reduced recruitment costs,” he said.

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12:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PembrokeshireMan says...

Welcome to the real world council staff. You can't stay silent when wages were going up and up (at all levels) then start bleating when things get tough.

Try making a living in the real world outside the public sector, doing something productive, and then you would realise how easy you've got it (and don't forget the pensions the tax payers are kindly contributing towards)

Rather than asking the tax payer for the money how about cutting huge swathes of mostly incompetent managers and officers and give it to the people on the front line rather than a bunch of lazy, useless professional meetings attenders and email senders.

Start down voting.....NOW!
Welcome to the real world council staff. You can't stay silent when wages were going up and up (at all levels) then start bleating when things get tough. Try making a living in the real world outside the public sector, doing something productive, and then you would realise how easy you've got it (and don't forget the pensions the tax payers are kindly contributing towards) Rather than asking the tax payer for the money how about cutting huge swathes of mostly incompetent managers and officers and give it to the people on the front line rather than a bunch of lazy, useless professional meetings attenders and email senders. Start down voting.....NOW! PembrokeshireMan
  • Score: -15

12:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Justiceforall says...

Every adult with a full time job should receive the living wage, as an absolute minimum.
Every adult with a full time job should receive the living wage, as an absolute minimum. Justiceforall
  • Score: 11

2:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

teifion says...

PembrokeshireMan wrote:
Welcome to the real world council staff. You can't stay silent when wages were going up and up (at all levels) then start bleating when things get tough.

Try making a living in the real world outside the public sector, doing something productive, and then you would realise how easy you've got it (and don't forget the pensions the tax payers are kindly contributing towards)

Rather than asking the tax payer for the money how about cutting huge swathes of mostly incompetent managers and officers and give it to the people on the front line rather than a bunch of lazy, useless professional meetings attenders and email senders.

Start down voting.....NOW!
don't confuse the council workers on minimum wage, those who'se wages have been cut by up to £5,000 per annum, those who do proper work, making things better for us all and looking after the most needy in society with the piles of 88888 (IMHO) at the top of the council tree.

88888 - please feel free to think of a suitable word there :-)
[quote][p][bold]PembrokeshireMan[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the real world council staff. You can't stay silent when wages were going up and up (at all levels) then start bleating when things get tough. Try making a living in the real world outside the public sector, doing something productive, and then you would realise how easy you've got it (and don't forget the pensions the tax payers are kindly contributing towards) Rather than asking the tax payer for the money how about cutting huge swathes of mostly incompetent managers and officers and give it to the people on the front line rather than a bunch of lazy, useless professional meetings attenders and email senders. Start down voting.....NOW![/p][/quote]don't confuse the council workers on minimum wage, those who'se wages have been cut by up to £5,000 per annum, those who do proper work, making things better for us all and looking after the most needy in society with the piles of 88888 (IMHO) at the top of the council tree. 88888 - please feel free to think of a suitable word there :-) teifion
  • Score: 10

2:36pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PembrokeshireMan says...

teifion wrote:
PembrokeshireMan wrote:
Welcome to the real world council staff. You can't stay silent when wages were going up and up (at all levels) then start bleating when things get tough.

Try making a living in the real world outside the public sector, doing something productive, and then you would realise how easy you've got it (and don't forget the pensions the tax payers are kindly contributing towards)

Rather than asking the tax payer for the money how about cutting huge swathes of mostly incompetent managers and officers and give it to the people on the front line rather than a bunch of lazy, useless professional meetings attenders and email senders.

Start down voting.....NOW!
don't confuse the council workers on minimum wage, those who'se wages have been cut by up to £5,000 per annum, those who do proper work, making things better for us all and looking after the most needy in society with the piles of 88888 (IMHO) at the top of the council tree.

88888 - please feel free to think of a suitable word there :-)
Indeed, my anger at those away from the coal face at PCC clouded my judgement in that first paragraph. There are many decent, honest, hard working people at PCC who deserve a living wage and the protections afforded by unions and if I have offended any of those people, I apologise.
[quote][p][bold]teifion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PembrokeshireMan[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the real world council staff. You can't stay silent when wages were going up and up (at all levels) then start bleating when things get tough. Try making a living in the real world outside the public sector, doing something productive, and then you would realise how easy you've got it (and don't forget the pensions the tax payers are kindly contributing towards) Rather than asking the tax payer for the money how about cutting huge swathes of mostly incompetent managers and officers and give it to the people on the front line rather than a bunch of lazy, useless professional meetings attenders and email senders. Start down voting.....NOW![/p][/quote]don't confuse the council workers on minimum wage, those who'se wages have been cut by up to £5,000 per annum, those who do proper work, making things better for us all and looking after the most needy in society with the piles of 88888 (IMHO) at the top of the council tree. 88888 - please feel free to think of a suitable word there :-)[/p][/quote]Indeed, my anger at those away from the coal face at PCC clouded my judgement in that first paragraph. There are many decent, honest, hard working people at PCC who deserve a living wage and the protections afforded by unions and if I have offended any of those people, I apologise. PembrokeshireMan
  • Score: 12

5:40pm Thu 6 Feb 14

teifion says...

No worries Pembrokeshire man, we all agree with your sentiments :)
No worries Pembrokeshire man, we all agree with your sentiments :) teifion
  • Score: 0

7:48pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Dave Edwards says...

Maybe a few facts will help. PCC has 6129 employees of whom 2918 (48%) are paid below the living wage of £7.65 per hour.
Of these 2918 staff 2476 (85%) are women. Equality has a long way to go!
Maybe a few facts will help. PCC has 6129 employees of whom 2918 (48%) are paid below the living wage of £7.65 per hour. Of these 2918 staff 2476 (85%) are women. Equality has a long way to go! Dave Edwards
  • Score: 8

9:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

danthomas says...

Dave - only 12 of the 6129 employees appear to have joined the demonstration. This either suggests a weak and ineffective Union or an organisation where 99.8% of the workforce is content with their lot! Or maybe staff are generally concerned about the consequences of standing outside their workplace with placards at a time when jobs could be under threat.
Dave - only 12 of the 6129 employees appear to have joined the demonstration. This either suggests a weak and ineffective Union or an organisation where 99.8% of the workforce is content with their lot! Or maybe staff are generally concerned about the consequences of standing outside their workplace with placards at a time when jobs could be under threat. danthomas
  • Score: 1

9:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

teifion says...

danthomas wrote:
Dave - only 12 of the 6129 employees appear to have joined the demonstration. This either suggests a weak and ineffective Union or an organisation where 99.8% of the workforce is content with their lot! Or maybe staff are generally concerned about the consequences of standing outside their workplace with placards at a time when jobs could be under threat.
I'd have said the "plebs" are scared ,after all senior managers are apparently quite happy to act unlawfully to get their own way!


bullying? never said that did I?
[quote][p][bold]danthomas[/bold] wrote: Dave - only 12 of the 6129 employees appear to have joined the demonstration. This either suggests a weak and ineffective Union or an organisation where 99.8% of the workforce is content with their lot! Or maybe staff are generally concerned about the consequences of standing outside their workplace with placards at a time when jobs could be under threat.[/p][/quote]I'd have said the "plebs" are scared ,after all senior managers are apparently quite happy to act unlawfully to get their own way! bullying? never said that did I? teifion
  • Score: 1

10:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Dave Edwards says...

Dan, when you earn so little you don't want to put your job in jeopardy by poking your head up over the parapet.
Dan, when you earn so little you don't want to put your job in jeopardy by poking your head up over the parapet. Dave Edwards
  • Score: 5

10:08am Fri 7 Feb 14

malcolm calver says...

David, I do believe PCC workers have to come into the real world. They have been no redundancies at County Hall as far as I am aware, even those working at Sunnybank in Narberth we told there would be no redundancies if it closed down.
The question you should surely ask David is "do we need over six thousand taxpayer funded employees serving Pembrokeshire".
David, I do believe PCC workers have to come into the real world. They have been no redundancies at County Hall as far as I am aware, even those working at Sunnybank in Narberth we told there would be no redundancies if it closed down. The question you should surely ask David is "do we need over six thousand taxpayer funded employees serving Pembrokeshire". malcolm calver
  • Score: 1

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