Union members call on council for fair pay

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AROUND a dozen members of the Unison and Unite unions were out in Guildhall Square at lunchtime calling for fair pay for Portsmouth City Council workers.

As part of a national day of action across the country, members of the unions were handing out leaflets, trying to drum up support for their cause.

Lee Sprake, acting branch secretary for Portsmouth City Unison, told The News many public sector workers have had their pay frozen in recent years and are feeling the pinch.

‘We had a one per cent rise last year. Local government workers put around 70 per cent of their earnings back into the local economy,’ he said.

‘We know who caused the crisis - it was not the unemployed or local government workers - it was the bankers.’

Unite convener for the city council, Richard White, was also showing his support for members.

Tomorrow, traffic wardens in the city will go on strike for 24 hours in an ongoing period of industrial action relating to job evaluations.

Richard said: ‘It is the third time we have taken action; we have been forced to take this. The first was a short strike which meant not using any handheld ticket issuing machines. Portsmouth City Council then refused to pay them.

‘The second was two, one hour strikes. Again, they would not pay the workers for a whole day’s work. We have been forced to do this.

‘We have had a lack of engagement from the council.’




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