elected mayor of Newham LBC, Jack Dromey, national
organiser at the Transport and General Workers' Union said rather than run
scare stories about tax he should take a lead and settle the pay dispute.
The T&G has revealed today that Sir Robin's new mayoral department will cost
Newham taxpayers over£2m in one of London's poorest boroughs yet there is
no best value review planned. Speaking on the day that ballot papers for
strike action arrive on the doormats of over 10,000 T&G members across
London councils, Jack Dromey stressed the fairness of a decent increase on
pay and a flat rate£4,000 London eeighting.
Mr Dromey said:
'Our members in local government in London have had enough. They know there
is a crisis in recruitment - 25% to 40% vacancy levels in social services
alone. They know this crisis must be addressed through decent pay and better
treatment even if the£65,000 a year Sir Robin doesn't.
'T&G members are fed up of the double standards of council leaders and chief
executives who lecture on pay restraint whilst letting their own salaries
and allowances rocket in their pocket.
'The public has a right to expect their money to be spent wisely for better
services. They will want to question if over£2m on the mayor is money well
spent when many of our members earn less than£5 an hour. Spending money
wisely means investing in the people who deliver those services.
'Our message to our members today is clear - vote 'Yes' to strike action.
Our message to Sir Robin is equally clear - stop posturing, start talking
and settle this dispute.'