Portsmouth City Council workers to protest over pay cuts

CAMPAIGN Lindsay Williams from UNISON.
CAMPAIGN Lindsay Williams from UNISON.
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UNION members are to protest against cuts to pay and benefits at Portsmouth City Council.

The council’s Special Employment Committee is to meet today, behind closed doors.

But it’s believed councillors will vote on plans to cut employees’ pay by 1-2.7 per cent, and suspend ‘increment’ payments, awarded as workers take on extra responsibility.

Unison Portsmouth branch secretary Lindsay Williams said: ‘These cuts are 10 per cent drops in employees’ wages. For people on £20-£21,000, that’s too much of a kick to take.’

The council hopes the cuts can save £2m this year, but unions fear hundreds more jobs will be lost next year, and say a change to redundancy pay-offs will save more.

Ms Williams said: ‘At the moment it’s one week’s pay for each year worked. Double that, and many more people will choose to resign.’