Angry public sector workers join Bridgwater strike action

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PEOPLE in Bridgwater angry about the Government’s ‘assault on public services’ took to the streets in protest on Thursday.

Bridgwater Trades Union Council members joined public sector workers taking part in the national day of industrial action, supported by more than a million people across the country.

Several schools in Somerset were closed, including Somerset Bridge Primary in Bridgwater and Wembdon St George’s Primary.

Bridgwater library was closed for the day, as were all Somerset’s day centres for people with learning disabilities.

Members of Unite, the National Union of Teachers, Public and Commercial Services Union, Unison and GMB gathered at the Cornhill to protest about issues including pay freezes and below inflation wage increases in the public sector.

NUT campaigners promoted the Stand Up For Education campaign which highlights the number of academy schools employing unqualified teachers.

Vicky Nash, the NUT’s divisional secretary for South and West Somerset, claimed measures were having a damaging effect on children’s education.

Bridgwater Labour councillor and Unite member Leigh Redman said: “There is deep anger at this Government’s assault on public services. This is not just about pay. It’s about the pressure of huge workloads, the targets culture and the stress of bullying managers.

“People have had enough. Across Britain spending cuts have decimated local services. By 2015/16 the Con/Dem government will have hacked £11.3 billion from local government funds in England alone.”

Cllr Mick Lerry, Labour leader on Sedgemoor District Council and Parliamentary candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said: “The Government must realise that they have a responsibility to meet with the unions to discuss their grievances and to make sure that there are good employee relations, rather than complaining about the action unions take.”

Members of the Fire Brigades Union also joined Thursday’s industrial action and are holding a further series of strikes at various times during eight consecutive days that began yesterday (Monday).

Somerset County Council said 364 of its workers were absent due to the industrial action, which represents 7% of the overall workforce.

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11:41am Wed 16 Jul 14

lordgodalmighty says...

Anyone with any sense would be campaigning against the 'compulsory' 10% increase in income tax - also known as auto enrollment. Another great way to flush your pensions down the pan.
Anyone with any sense would be campaigning against the 'compulsory' 10% increase in income tax - also known as auto enrollment. Another great way to flush your pensions down the pan. lordgodalmighty
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11:48am Wed 16 Jul 14

lordgodalmighty says...

>> government will have hacked £11.3 billion from local
>> government funds in England alone

a drop in the ocean compared to the £1400 billion the government is now in the red.
>> government will have hacked £11.3 billion from local >> government funds in England alone a drop in the ocean compared to the £1400 billion the government is now in the red. lordgodalmighty
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4:29pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

So this great show of Strength and Solidarity, was a flop by all the accounts I've seen, only 7% of the SCC Staff came out in Support of the Strike, nowhere near the reported 1 Million across the Country.
When will these workers realise, that it was the Last Labour Governments mishandling of the Economy, that has eroded the ability, for both Private Sector and Public Sector Staff to be awarded Pay increases.
The Large Debt that Labour Left the Conservative Government with the support of the Liberals, has only be now 3 years on paid back 1/3 including the Incurred interest charges.
I would have liked the Conservatives to have announced just exactly what the Total Debt incurred was, now that the True Figure has been identified.
The Public Sector, workers have to realise, that we in the Private sector, and the Many ,many Self Employed out there in the real world, have not had a pay rise for many a year, and likewise our Private pensions have been eroded, we do not have the Luxury or Benefit of it being matched either, by employers. As we are Sole Proprietors mainly.
So when the Somerset Socialist Party of Somerset Respond, as they are sure to, I ask a simple question, How Much of a Salary are you and your SSP Officials, and Shop Stewards on, in addition to your Salaries. ????
So this great show of Strength and Solidarity, was a flop by all the accounts I've seen, only 7% of the SCC Staff came out in Support of the Strike, nowhere near the reported 1 Million across the Country. When will these workers realise, that it was the Last Labour Governments mishandling of the Economy, that has eroded the ability, for both Private Sector and Public Sector Staff to be awarded Pay increases. The Large Debt that Labour Left the Conservative Government with the support of the Liberals, has only be now 3 years on paid back 1/3 including the Incurred interest charges. I would have liked the Conservatives to have announced just exactly what the Total Debt incurred was, now that the True Figure has been identified. The Public Sector, workers have to realise, that we in the Private sector, and the Many ,many Self Employed out there in the real world, have not had a pay rise for many a year, and likewise our Private pensions have been eroded, we do not have the Luxury or Benefit of it being matched either, by employers. As we are Sole Proprietors mainly. So when the Somerset Socialist Party of Somerset Respond, as they are sure to, I ask a simple question, How Much of a Salary are you and your SSP Officials, and Shop Stewards on, in addition to your Salaries. ???? Blue Owl
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