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UNION SAYS LONDON LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD 'SETTLE NOT SCARE'

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In a stinging riposte to inaccurate claims by Robin Wales, the newly ...
In a stinging riposte to inaccurate claims by Robin Wales, the newly

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.'

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