executives, now on a 'minimum wage' of£57,000 and earning up to£160,000,
have launched a 'dirty tricks' campaign to persuade local government
employees to accept the lowest settlement in the public sector of 3%. The
thousands of pounds of council taxpayers' money, sending hundreds of
thousands of letters, threatening jobs and pensions if workers vote next
month to take industrial action.
Jack Dromey, T&G national organiser said: 'They have scored a spectacular
own goal. The overwhelming majority of our members earn less than£13,000
and will take six years to earn as much as the average chief executive earns
in six months. Workers on low pay will not heed advice from the well-heeled.
'We can expect more spin. The employers at national level have told councils
locally, to 'win the battle of hearts and minds.' Our message to those
without a heart is that they had better mind out because the members have
Mr Dromey added that reports from T&G representatives across the country
showed that the resolve of union members was being hardened by the chief
executives' campaign. Revealing a selection of comments from around the T&G
regions, Mr Dromey said the humour masked the determination for justice.
* 'They must be dumb in Denbighshire CC. Our members hear from their employers once in a blue moon. Now, out of the blue, they get a threat.'
* 'Cardiff codswallop won't cut any ice with our members. Our members will ignore advice from their council leader, the best paid in Wales.'
* 'It's a sorry situation in Slough.'
* 'Threats in Torbay will be treated with the contempt that they deserve. The councillors voted themselves an increase in their allowances of 91%. They then had the cheek to suggest that a better deal on pay might put pensions at risk. Torbay workers will not be intimidated.'
The T&G, Unison and GMB have announced their intention to ballot their local government members from 10 June if there is no progress towards the 6% or£1,750 claim.