Fantastic Rally (1 July 2011)

UNISON, GMB and UNITE members gathered together at lunchtime on Thursday 30 June to protest against Council plans to cut pay by up to 2%, opt out of national collective bargaining, cut sick pay and reduce annual leave, amongst a host of other proposals designed to make Council workers work harder and longer for less.

The members heard speeches from trade union representatives of UNISON, GMB and UNITE, who talked of possible strike action in the future if the Council do not withdraw their proposals. The employees petition against these cuts has grown to around 2,000 while the Council survey has only received 800 or so responses. The assembled crowd also heard contributions from members of the unions on strike today. Waltham Forest Trades Council and Health Activists also spoke to the crowd who heard how significant the cuts are, the proposed cuts to pensions and the decimation of local services.

Trade union members are asking why they are having to bear the brunt of the Government’s austerity programme while the bankers and the rich are just getting richer.

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