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'CHIEF EXECUTIVES TRY TO STOP ACTION BY LOW PAID WORKERS'

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The Transport and General Workers' Union has revealed that council chief ...
The Transport and General Workers' Union has revealed that council chief

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

unions said today that chief executives have ordered spending of tens of

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

had enough.'

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.'

Note

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.

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