MAR 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Demands £1,000 More For City Workers
union representing Coventry City Council workers has demanded a £1,000
pay increase for all its workers.
says that the above-inflation offer of 3 per cent is an
“insult” as the government has pledged to give more funding to
also say that the council staff are giving high performance in
“extremely difficult circumstances”.
back their claim, the union has published details of a survey by
independent pollsters MORI, which shows that more than half of the
general public believe that home helps, classroom assistants and
staff in old people's homes should be paid more.
national secretary Malcolm Wing said:
public clearly value these staff more than councils do. Unless
councils come up with the extra cash, more and more will leave
for better paid jobs in the private sector.
increased demands of the so called modernisation agenda
including Best Value reviews; Restructuring of services, and
greater community expectations are placing very considerable
pressures on staff.”
Branch Secretary Richard Harty added:
members are facing unprecedented workloads and a culture of
‘more for less’ has gripped Coventry City Council.
are asking council members to affirm their commitment to their
workforce, many of whom also pay council tax in Coventry. It is
time that our annual pay increase reversed the trend for council
worker salaries to fall behind the national trend."
Coventry branch will also be supporting a national march and rally
for a living wage, called in Manchester on 28 April.
wanting more information about the transport arrangements for the
march and rally should contact Unison on 024