‘They’ve run out of excuses’ – Union members to stage protest against Stoke-on-Trent City Council pay cuts tomorrow



Trade union members will stage a protest against proposed cuts to council workers’ pay.

The GMB, Unison and Unite unions will demonstrate outside Stoke Town Hall tomorrow (February 19), ahead of a cabinet meeting at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Council chiefs are due to back plans for £9.2 million of budget cuts, including a review of workers’ terms and conditions.

Union officials say the review, which will involve slashing the extra payments for staff working weekends and evenings, will equate to a 20 per cent pay cut for some care workers.

GMB organiser Dave Warwick called on the city council to demand more funding from the government.

He said: “Stoke-on-Trent council has finally run out of excuses –  the government has a huge majority, all the Stoke MPs are Tory and the council is run by Tories.

 “They should go to central Government and demand the money Stoke-on-Trent City Council needs and take its boot off the neck of its lowest paid workers.”

The review of terms and conditions, which the unions say will affect 1,000 workers, is expected to save the council £934,000 a year.

Council leaders have previously said that the review will bring the authority in line with other public and private sector employers.

The cabinet meeting will take place at 5pm. The budget will go before full council for final approval next Thursday.





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