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Nick puts his money where his mouth is on pay

July 16, 2008

Nick Perry, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye, and a local social worker, has joined fellow UNISON members striking for a fairer pay deal from local government employers.

UNISON has organised a 48-hour strike following employers’ refusal to come back to the negotiating table and improve a 2.45% offer.

Nick says, “Along with other members, I am taking industrial action because, in the current economic climate, this paltry offer on pay hits those on the lower bands hardest.

“Inflation is currently around 4%, food prices are up 9%, energy bills are up 15% and petrol is up 22%. 

“Local government workers provide essential services, often to the most vulnerable in our society and they deserve a pay deal that at least keeps track with inflation.

“Our MP has spent his time recently blocking reforms to MPs expenses, but he did not take up my invitation to back local government workers, and come to the picket line this morning.  I’m afraid that’s New Labour for you…  All mouth and no trousers.”

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