North Tyneside council workers to strike in pay dispute
- Wednesday 30 August 2023
Members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, employed by North Tyneside council will begin strike action next month in a dispute over pay.
The 260 plus workers have rejected the national pay offer of a flat rate increase of £1,925. The offer is below the rate of inflation and amounts to a real terms pay cut.
The workers will initially take strike action on Wednesday 6 and 13 September.
Strike action will affect services across the council however, Unite members are predominantly in building trades, health visitors, school and nursery nurses, admin roles and bereavement services.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members provide critical frontline council services. Despite the essential roles our members undertake their employer thinks it is acceptable to propose what amounts to yet another real terms pay cut, at a time when they increasingly can’t make ends meet.
“Unite never takes a backward step in supporting its members and is dedicated to enhancing their jobs, pay and conditions. Unite will be providing members at North Tyneside with its complete support.”
- Nearly half (48 per cent) have struggled to afford heating, electricity and water bills
- 30 per cent have struggled to afford food and clothing
- Almost a quarter (23 per cent) are skipping meals to save money
- 17 per cent have struggled to meet rent and mortgage payments
- Six per cent have been forced to use food banks.
Councils are not legally bound to follow the local government pay increase and can pay a higher rate to workers if they wish to do so.
Major disruption services
Unite regional officer Dave Telford said: “The proposed strike action will inevitably cause major disruption to council services but this dispute is a direct result of local government employers failing to value workers and properly reward them for their hard work.”
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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.