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GMB members in local government will hold local demonstrations on Tuesday 4th February for increase in living wage

Monday, February 3, 2014
The result of years of real-terms pay cuts is that a staggering 510,000 council workers are paid less than the Living Wage says GMB. 

GMB members working in local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will hold demonstrations outside their workplaces as part of their pay claim for £1 an hour pay rise. The demonstrations are part of major campaign, launched last October, For a minimum increase of £1 an hour to increase the bottom rate of pay in local government to raise it to a living wage hourly rate. The local government unions are calling for the same £1 an hour increase to also apply to all pay points above the bottom rate.

A scandalous 500,000 local government workers are paid below the current living wage of £7.45 pence an hour - a rate which will increase in November. Politicians from all parties have recently called for action to deal with low pay and are encouraging individual local authorities to pay the living wage. All the following demonstrations will take place on Tuesday 4th February:

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT - 4 FEBRUARY “DAY OF PROTEST” GMB EVENTS

COUNCIL DETAILS OF EVENT GMB CONTACT
Sandwell  12-2pm Sandwell Council House, Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 3DE A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader Pauline Hinks07809 617761
Coventry 12-2pm Town Hall, Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader Pauline Hinks07809 617761
Wolverhampton 12-2pm Wolverhampton Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1SH A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader Pauline Hinks07809 617761
Walsall Petition - 12-2pm Walsall Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 1TP Pauline Hinks07809 617761
Stoke on Trent  12-2pm Stoke on Trent Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader Pauline Hinks07809 617761
Birmingham 12-2pm Woodcock Street Site, Birmingham A giant £1 replica coin – asking employees and members of the public to sign and it will be presented to the Leader Pauline Hinks07809 617761
Redbridge 12noon, Town Hall, 128-142 High Road, Ilford IG1 1DD  Dave Powell07710 631349
Waltham Forest 12noon, Waltham Forest Town Hall, 701 Forest Rd, Walthamstow, Greater London E17 4JF Dave Powell07710 631349
Barking & Dagenham 12 noon, Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU, Spaceman Demo with slogan “£1 an hour pay rise doesn’t cost the Earth”   Dave Powell07710 631349
Hounslow 12noon, Civic Centre, Lampton Rd, Hounslow, Greater London TW3 4DN Dave Powell07710 631349
Islington 10 am, Spaceman Demo with slogan “£1 an hour pay rise doesn’t cost the Earth” Town Hall, 222 Upper Street, London, N1 1XR Dave Powell07710 631349 
Harrow 12noon – Harrow Council Civil Centre, Station Road, Harrow, Middx HA1 2XY. Uma Kumuran, Labour PCC for Harrow East will attend Steve Sweeney07703 469403 
Southend BC 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Civic Centre steps, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER Dave Powell07710 631349
Leicester City Council 12-2pm in Town Hall Square, New Walk Centre, Welford Place, LE1 6ZG Sian McClarence07966 327972
Nottingham City Council Day of protest at Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG Chris Needham07966 327974
Hull City Council 8.30 am until 6.30 pm  outside the Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 2AA Shaun Clarkson07738 767561
South Tyneside 12noon-1.00 pm: Middlefield’s Depot, Middlefields Industrial Estate, South Shields, NE34 ONU : near canteen area Kelly House, Campbell Park Road, Hebburn NE31 2SN : in the car park Central Library, Prince Georg Square, South Shields NE33 2PE : outside the front entrance Strathmore & Hawthorne sites, Rolling Mill Road, Jarrow NE32 3DP : in the car park Keir Howe07870 176727
Wigan 12 – 1 Lunchtime Wigan Town Hall, Town Hall, Library St, Wigan, Lancashire WN1 1YN Graham McDermott07974 018404
Winsford Lunchtime Winsford Town Hall, Winsford Town Council Offices, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford Cheshire CW7 1AH Graham McDermott07974 018404
Knowsley Lunchtime Knowsley Town Hall, Municipal Buildings, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby L32 1TX Graham McDermott07974 018404
Bolton Lunchtime Bolton Town Hall Town Hall, Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1RU Graham McDermott07974 018404
Lewisham 1.00 pm outside Lewisham Town Hall, Catford Road, SE6 4RU  Nadine Houghton07714 239227
Greenwich 12 noon outside the Woolwich Centre, 35 Welliington Street, Woolwich, SE18 6HQ Nick Day07717 510047
Wiltshire 10.00 am and again at 12noon outside County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN Carol Vallely07810 553393
Lambeth 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Outside Lambeth Town Hall Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW  Sheila Carson07710 591388
Bexley 12.30pm-1.30 pm at Bexley Centre, Broadway, Bexleyheath DA6 7LB Clive Smith07802 958554
Southwark 12.30 pm outside Peckham Library/Pulse Fitness Centre, 122 Peckham Hill Street, Peckham, London SE15 5JR Clive Smith07802 958554
East Sussex 8am – Ocean House, 87-89 London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6DH Rachel Verdin079316 796733
Reading 12.30-1.30 pm Civic Centre, Reading RG1 7AE Carol Vallely07810 553393
Southampton 12.30pm -1.30pm Guild Square, Southampton  Adrian Baker07841 971849
Windsor & Maidenhead 8am outside Windsor & Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1RF Frank Minal07713 079930
Wandsworth  12pm-2.00pm outside Wandsworth The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street London SW18 2PU. Keiron Merrit07866 441656
Gloucestershire County Council Lunchtime 12-2 gatherings organised at:Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG&Municipal Offices Promenade Cheltenham GL50 9SA Wayne Powell07957 265763
City & County of Swansea From 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road Swansea. SA1 3SN, in relation to closure of residential homes/day centres and pay claim. Althea Phillips07980 753125
Powys CC 12-2pm Lunchtime walkouts/demos outside Civic Offices:County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG&Cambrian Way, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7HR Althea Phillips07980 753125
Carmarthen Council 12-2pm at Civic Offices Lunchtime walkout/demo about home closures and wage claim between Althea Phillips07980 753125
Pembs Council  Lunchtime walkout/demo about home closures and wage claim at 12.30pm at Civic Offices, County Hall, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA61 1TP Althea Phillips07980 753125
Caerphilly CBC 12-2pm  outside Ty Penallta Buildings Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7PG Kelly Andrews07980 753131
Caernarfon 12 noon – at Council Offices, Shirehall St, Caernarfon LL55 1SH Mark Jones07771 908281
Plymouth CC 5am Leafleting every major PCC workplace – Prince Rock, 7am Midland, Civic Centre, Windsor. 12-2pm Lunchtime rally in the Guildhall. Kevin Mason01752 660219
Merthyr Tydfil CBC 12.00/1.00 pm outside Civic Centre , Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN. Gareth Morgans07980 75310
Barnsley  12-2pm outside Barnsley Town Hall, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2TA Steve Morris07958 156843
Leeds 1-2 pm Rally at Leeds Civic Hall Council ChamberLeafleting Civic Hall either side, Calverley St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 1UR Jon Smith07918 905615
Sheffield 12-2pm Leafleting Town Hall and Petition Launch Pinstone St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2HH Pete Davies07501 228313
Calderdale  12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Leafleting Northgate House, Civic Buildings Northgate House, Halifax HX1 1UN  Gary Baker07958 156837
Huddersfield  12.30 pm Rally Town Hall and leafleting Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA Neil Cole07974 250952

 

 

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said: "The result of years of real-terms pay cuts is that a staggering 510,000 council workers are paid less than the Living Wage. Most are women in part-time jobs. Many have to suffer the indignity of claiming in-work benefits.  How can it be that in 21st century Britain, public-service workers must rely on state handouts? We are talking about frontline workers who serve our communities day in, day out. Street sweepers, social workers, classroom assistants, housing officers, cleaners, dinner ladies. All will be standing together on 4th February and demanding an answer to this question: why are we made scapegoats for a financial crisis we had nothing to do with?  Because as Mervyn King admitted to the TUC a few years ago, not a single trade unionist contributed to the 2008 economic collapse. The fault lay entirely with greedy bankers cosseted by pathetic regulators. So it's no surprise that local-government staff are angry and want to speak out. They have more reason to than most. I will be proud to join them on February 4th."
 
Ends Contact: Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services on 07860 606137 or GMB Press Office: 07974 252823 or 07921 289880.  Notes to Editors: Please call the local GMB Organiser shown in the table of event above for each of the separate demos.
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