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Hundreds protest in Caerphilly at council bosses' secret pay rise

by Joe Redmond

The fight is on for workers at Caerphilly County Borough Council in the South Wales Valleys.

Hundreds took part in a lunchtime walkout last month in response to management awarding themselves up to 30 percent in pay rises.

Workers are suffering a three-year pay freeze. Yet bosses were awarded the pay hikes at a meeting in September where only five of the county’s 68 councillors were present.

The walkout was called by the Unison union and supported by the GMB union. It saw up to 350 staff walk out at the main council office in Ystrad Mynach.

Protests at several other sites brought the total involved to around 600. Many staff came to protest despite it being their day off.

One union rep said, “I used to work in a care home which cost £400,000 a year to run. They said they can’t afford that and closed it, but that’s how much it cost to give them these pay rises!”

Unison claims its branch has been “inundated” with membership applications, clearly demonstrating that when unions fight, they grow. Send messages of support to caerphillyunison@unison.gov.uk


Bromley bin workers suspend strike

Bin workers employed by Veolia in Bromley, south east London, suspended four planned strikes set for last month. They are members of the Unite union.

The workers walked out unofficially in October over the sacking of four colleagues. They returned to work only to begin an official strike ballot.

Some 82 percent backed strikes in the ballot on a 55 percent turnout. Days before their first strike was set to start bosses agreed to take back the four. The strike ballot remains live if bosses don’t honour their promises.


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Mon 31 Dec 2012, 16:31 GMT
Issue No. 2334
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