Council workers prepare for day of protest

Council workers prepare for day of protest

Council workers prepare for day of protest

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LOCAL government workers will take part in an official day of protest tomorrow (Tuesday, February 4).

Council staff will stage protests, stunts and rallies at town halls across the region.

A spokesman for the Unison trade union said the action would highlight the dire state of local government pay and the disastrous impact of cuts on local jobs and services.

Local government workers’ pay was frozen for three years before a one per cent rise last year, which Unison says means salaries have fallen 18 per cent in real terms.

Unison, GMB and Unite are demanding a £1.20-per-hour minimum increase this year, to ensure all workers get at least the Living Wage, of £7.65 or £8.80 in London.

The government is expected to respond later this month.

Clare Williams, Unison’s regional convenor, said: “Today (Tuesday) is an opportunity for local government members across the region to tell their employers that they have had enough of being treated like second-class citizens.

“Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.”

There will be action in Durham, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Newcastle and elsewhere.

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9:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

smokin says...

“Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.”

try living on my pension we can't go on strike or protest we have to have what we are given at this present time its a question of do I EAT or HEAT
“Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.” try living on my pension we can't go on strike or protest we have to have what we are given at this present time its a question of do I EAT or HEAT smokin
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12:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

smokin wrote:
“Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.”

try living on my pension we can't go on strike or protest we have to have what we are given at this present time its a question of do I EAT or HEAT
Agree totally why strike at least you have jobs and wages coming in pensioners as said above, we have to make do with the meager pensions we have. Local government seems to be riven with over management over staffing at the list no doubt goes on and on do they think they are immune from cuts when the rest of the country is going round with the begging bowl.
Sorry but it needs to be said?
[quote][p][bold]smokin[/bold] wrote: “Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.” try living on my pension we can't go on strike or protest we have to have what we are given at this present time its a question of do I EAT or HEAT[/p][/quote]Agree totally why strike at least you have jobs and wages coming in pensioners as said above, we have to make do with the meager pensions we have. Local government seems to be riven with over management over staffing at the list no doubt goes on and on do they think they are immune from cuts when the rest of the country is going round with the begging bowl. Sorry but it needs to be said? oliviaden6
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2:24pm Thu 6 Feb 14

giggitty says...

Yeah you've now said it, but you talk complete and utter unsubstantiated rubbish!
Yeah you've now said it, but you talk complete and utter unsubstantiated rubbish! giggitty
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4:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

youcantdenythetruth says...

No sympathy from me at all. Most council employees are lazy shirking bare minimum people anyway who think the world owes them a living, great employment benefits and a tidy pension to boot.

Anyone who goes on strike should be sacked immediately.

And don't even get me started on the managers and councillors!!!
No sympathy from me at all. Most council employees are lazy shirking bare minimum people anyway who think the world owes them a living, great employment benefits and a tidy pension to boot. Anyone who goes on strike should be sacked immediately. And don't even get me started on the managers and councillors!!! youcantdenythetruth
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5:29pm Sun 9 Feb 14

settheworldonfire says...

smokin wrote:
“Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.”

try living on my pension we can't go on strike or protest we have to have what we are given at this present time its a question of do I EAT or HEAT
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As a nationally recognised Investor in People, we are committed to providing a diverse, stimulating and enjoyable working environment and to offering a comprehensive benefits package in order to attract and retain our best people.
We also recognise that it can be difficult to find the job you want that matches your work-life needs. Therefore we make every possible effort to work with our employees so that they can meet their personal responsibilities whilst continuing to make a valued contribution in their role.

Detailed below are some of the benefits you can expect from us:

Salary
Competitive salary scales.

Holiday
23 – 27 days holiday per year.

Employees with Local Government service will receive 27 days leave after 5 years accumulated service.

Employees also have the ability to purchase up to 5 additional days of annual leave per year.

Flexible working
We offer flexible working hours between 7.30am – 7.00pm (Monday – Friday) subject to operational requirements. This flexibility enables employees to have more freedom to arrange their working day and to accrue up to 13 days flexi leave per year.

We offer a range of part time opportunities and all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.

We also offer a range of flexible working options including:
• Home working
• Job Sharing
• Part Time Working
• Flexible Retirement
• Career Break Scheme


Maternity and Paternity provisions
Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. We also operate a salary sacrifice policy for childcare vouchers which is operated through our childcare voucher provider, KiddiVouchers.


Training and Development
Excellent training and development opportunities are available to all staff in conjunction with our comprehensive performance and development programme.

You will be appraised at least once a year and you will be involved in drawing up a personal development plan for yourself as a result.

Pension Scheme
We offer a competitive, contributory final salary pension scheme.

Sickness Entitlement
We offer generous paid sickness provisions.

Free
• Parking
• Eye tests for VDU users
• Staff Library
• Occupational Health Service
• Access to a confidential Telephone Counselling Scheme (First Assist)

Relocation
If you move house in order to join us we may be able to offer you an attractive relocation package. If appropriate, details will be discussed at interview.

Discounted
Gym membership at a number of our gym facilities.

Travel Loan Scheme
Offers our employees interest-free loans for public transport season tickets, bicycles and car engine conversions to Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This scheme has been developed in line with our commitment to improving the travel-to-work options available to staff and to its policies on the environment.

Staff Recognition Scheme

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[quote][p][bold]smokin[/bold] wrote: “Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.” try living on my pension we can't go on strike or protest we have to have what we are given at this present time its a question of do I EAT or HEAT[/p][/quote]Print As a nationally recognised Investor in People, we are committed to providing a diverse, stimulating and enjoyable working environment and to offering a comprehensive benefits package in order to attract and retain our best people. We also recognise that it can be difficult to find the job you want that matches your work-life needs. Therefore we make every possible effort to work with our employees so that they can meet their personal responsibilities whilst continuing to make a valued contribution in their role. Detailed below are some of the benefits you can expect from us: Salary Competitive salary scales. Holiday 23 – 27 days holiday per year. Employees with Local Government service will receive 27 days leave after 5 years accumulated service. Employees also have the ability to purchase up to 5 additional days of annual leave per year. Flexible working We offer flexible working hours between 7.30am – 7.00pm (Monday – Friday) subject to operational requirements. This flexibility enables employees to have more freedom to arrange their working day and to accrue up to 13 days flexi leave per year. We offer a range of part time opportunities and all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated. We also offer a range of flexible working options including: • Home working • Job Sharing • Part Time Working • Flexible Retirement • Career Break Scheme Maternity and Paternity provisions Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. We also operate a salary sacrifice policy for childcare vouchers which is operated through our childcare voucher provider, KiddiVouchers. Training and Development Excellent training and development opportunities are available to all staff in conjunction with our comprehensive performance and development programme. You will be appraised at least once a year and you will be involved in drawing up a personal development plan for yourself as a result. Pension Scheme We offer a competitive, contributory final salary pension scheme. Sickness Entitlement We offer generous paid sickness provisions. Free • Parking • Eye tests for VDU users • Staff Library • Occupational Health Service • Access to a confidential Telephone Counselling Scheme (First Assist) Relocation If you move house in order to join us we may be able to offer you an attractive relocation package. If appropriate, details will be discussed at interview. Discounted Gym membership at a number of our gym facilities. Travel Loan Scheme Offers our employees interest-free loans for public transport season tickets, bicycles and car engine conversions to Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This scheme has been developed in line with our commitment to improving the travel-to-work options available to staff and to its policies on the environment. Staff Recognition Scheme Trade Unions All employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union. For a small fee members have access to legal advice and assistance, welfare assistance and a whole range of discounted benefits, but more importantly, full representation in the workplace. Browse by Jobs Subscribe to all Durham County Council jobs via RSS Admin / Secretarial / Customer Services (1) Democratic Services/ Registrars (1) HR / Training (1) Legal (1) Other (1) Regeneration/ Economic Development (1) Schools - Support (7) Schools - Teaching (17) Social Care - Adult Service (2) Social Care - Children Service (2) Traffic / Highways / Road Safety (3) Advanced Job Search Back to top Print settheworldonfire
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5:31pm Sun 9 Feb 14

settheworldonfire says...

settheworldonfire wrote:
smokin wrote:
“Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.”

try living on my pension we can't go on strike or protest we have to have what we are given at this present time its a question of do I EAT or HEAT
Print

As a nationally recognised Investor in People, we are committed to providing a diverse, stimulating and enjoyable working environment and to offering a comprehensive benefits package in order to attract and retain our best people.
We also recognise that it can be difficult to find the job you want that matches your work-life needs. Therefore we make every possible effort to work with our employees so that they can meet their personal responsibilities whilst continuing to make a valued contribution in their role.

Detailed below are some of the benefits you can expect from us:

Salary
Competitive salary scales.

Holiday
23 – 27 days holiday per year.

Employees with Local Government service will receive 27 days leave after 5 years accumulated service.

Employees also have the ability to purchase up to 5 additional days of annual leave per year.

Flexible working
We offer flexible working hours between 7.30am – 7.00pm (Monday – Friday) subject to operational requirements. This flexibility enables employees to have more freedom to arrange their working day and to accrue up to 13 days flexi leave per year.

We offer a range of part time opportunities and all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.

We also offer a range of flexible working options including:
• Home working
• Job Sharing
• Part Time Working
• Flexible Retirement
• Career Break Scheme


Maternity and Paternity provisions
Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. We also operate a salary sacrifice policy for childcare vouchers which is operated through our childcare voucher provider, KiddiVouchers.


Training and Development
Excellent training and development opportunities are available to all staff in conjunction with our comprehensive performance and development programme.

You will be appraised at least once a year and you will be involved in drawing up a personal development plan for yourself as a result.

Pension Scheme
We offer a competitive, contributory final salary pension scheme.

Sickness Entitlement
We offer generous paid sickness provisions.

Free
• Parking
• Eye tests for VDU users
• Staff Library
• Occupational Health Service
• Access to a confidential Telephone Counselling Scheme (First Assist)

Relocation
If you move house in order to join us we may be able to offer you an attractive relocation package. If appropriate, details will be discussed at interview.

Discounted
Gym membership at a number of our gym facilities.

Travel Loan Scheme
Offers our employees interest-free loans for public transport season tickets, bicycles and car engine conversions to Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This scheme has been developed in line with our commitment to improving the travel-to-work options available to staff and to its policies on the environment.

Staff Recognition Scheme

Trade Unions
All employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union. For a small fee members have access to legal advice and assistance, welfare assistance and a whole range of discounted benefits, but more importantly, full representation in the workplace.
Browse by Jobs


Subscribe to all Durham County Council jobs via RSS
Admin / Secretarial / Customer Services (1) Democratic Services/ Registrars (1)
HR / Training (1) Legal (1)
Other (1) Regeneration/ Economic Development (1)
Schools - Support (7) Schools - Teaching (17)
Social Care - Adult Service (2) Social Care - Children Service (2)
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AND THE MUPPETS WANT TO STRIKE...SACK THE LOT OF THEM...THEY SHOULD BE ON THE DOLE...
[quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smokin[/bold] wrote: “Many are having to resort to food banks to put food on their tables.” try living on my pension we can't go on strike or protest we have to have what we are given at this present time its a question of do I EAT or HEAT[/p][/quote]Print As a nationally recognised Investor in People, we are committed to providing a diverse, stimulating and enjoyable working environment and to offering a comprehensive benefits package in order to attract and retain our best people. We also recognise that it can be difficult to find the job you want that matches your work-life needs. Therefore we make every possible effort to work with our employees so that they can meet their personal responsibilities whilst continuing to make a valued contribution in their role. Detailed below are some of the benefits you can expect from us: Salary Competitive salary scales. Holiday 23 – 27 days holiday per year. Employees with Local Government service will receive 27 days leave after 5 years accumulated service. Employees also have the ability to purchase up to 5 additional days of annual leave per year. Flexible working We offer flexible working hours between 7.30am – 7.00pm (Monday – Friday) subject to operational requirements. This flexibility enables employees to have more freedom to arrange their working day and to accrue up to 13 days flexi leave per year. We offer a range of part time opportunities and all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated. We also offer a range of flexible working options including: • Home working • Job Sharing • Part Time Working • Flexible Retirement • Career Break Scheme Maternity and Paternity provisions Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave. We also operate a salary sacrifice policy for childcare vouchers which is operated through our childcare voucher provider, KiddiVouchers. Training and Development Excellent training and development opportunities are available to all staff in conjunction with our comprehensive performance and development programme. You will be appraised at least once a year and you will be involved in drawing up a personal development plan for yourself as a result. Pension Scheme We offer a competitive, contributory final salary pension scheme. Sickness Entitlement We offer generous paid sickness provisions. Free • Parking • Eye tests for VDU users • Staff Library • Occupational Health Service • Access to a confidential Telephone Counselling Scheme (First Assist) Relocation If you move house in order to join us we may be able to offer you an attractive relocation package. If appropriate, details will be discussed at interview. Discounted Gym membership at a number of our gym facilities. Travel Loan Scheme Offers our employees interest-free loans for public transport season tickets, bicycles and car engine conversions to Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This scheme has been developed in line with our commitment to improving the travel-to-work options available to staff and to its policies on the environment. Staff Recognition Scheme Trade Unions All employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union. For a small fee members have access to legal advice and assistance, welfare assistance and a whole range of discounted benefits, but more importantly, full representation in the workplace. Browse by Jobs Subscribe to all Durham County Council jobs via RSS Admin / Secretarial / Customer Services (1) Democratic Services/ Registrars (1) HR / Training (1) Legal (1) Other (1) Regeneration/ Economic Development (1) Schools - Support (7) Schools - Teaching (17) Social Care - Adult Service (2) Social Care - Children Service (2) Traffic / Highways / Road Safety (3) Advanced Job Search Back to top Print[/p][/quote]AND THE MUPPETS WANT TO STRIKE...SACK THE LOT OF THEM...THEY SHOULD BE ON THE DOLE... settheworldonfire
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