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Tories want pay cuts in Telford & Wrekin

Friday, February 7, 2014

Tory Group On Telford And Wrekin Council Propose Deflationary Pay Cuts For 3,500 Council Staff. 

With this proposed deflationary pay cut for 3,500 staff it is clear that Telford and Wrekin Tories are the real face of the “nasty” Tory Party says GMB. 

GMB, the union for public sector workers, is challenging the deflationary proposals by the Tory opposition on Telford & Wrekin Council to cut the pay of 3,500 staff employed by the council. 

GMB has studied their budget proposing a 2.25% cuts in pay for all 3,500 council staff, removing sick pay and stopping essential car user’s allowance.

Mark Bergman, GMB Organiser, said “Last month Chancellor Osborne spoke of increasing the national minimum wage by 69p an hour over the next 3 years. However with this proposed deflationary pay cut for 3,500 staff it is clear that Telford and Wrekin Tories are the real face of the “nasty” Tory Party.  

The Tories should remember that this is an attack on women as 70% of the council staff are women. They are already not that well paid.  These council workers live in Telford & Wrekin and surrounding area. This deflationary proposal would take even further money out of the local economy. 

The proposals show that parts of the Tory Party have no appreciation of the dangers of deflationary policies to the delayed recovery now underway. In the last 4 years almost 1,100 jobs have been lost at the council and 3 out of the last 4 years staff have had a pay freeze and only received an increase of 1% in 2013. 

This is at a time when gas and electricity were rising by up to at least 10% year on year and also large increases in the cost of food. This proposal could lead to a cut in real terms of up to 20%.” 

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Contact Mark Bergman 07957 266460 or Samantha Jones 07939 874272 or Stephanie Peacock 07941 763521 or GMB press office 07921 289880 

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