Warning as big Lancashire council strike looms

Warning as big Lancashire council strike looms

Warning as big Lancashire council strike looms

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

COUNCIL services across East Lancashire will be disrupted next week when public service workers go on strike over pay.

Members of the fire brigades union are joining local government unions UNISON, UNITE, and the GMB in the national day of industrial action on Thursday, July 10, after the Local Government Association refused to increase its one per cent pay offer.

Civil servants in the Public and Commercial Services union, school support workers and the National Union of Teachers will take part in the strike.

It will affect Lancashire county, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Chorley councils.

Bosses have promised to try to maintain services but some will close offices, maintaining emergency services only.

Blackburn with Darwen chief executive Harry Catherall said: “We have plans to make sure we are able to provide as many services possible. Our priority is supporting the most vulnerable.”

An LCC spokesman said: “While it's difficult to tell what impact this will have, it is inevitable there will be some disruption. We have well-established procedures to ensure that we will continue to provide services for vulnerable people.”

Pendle borough chief executive Stephen Barnes said: “Council offices will be closed to the public and the majority of services will be unavailable.

“We are negotiating over which staff can be made available for health and safety reasons. Our contact centre will be taking telephone calls, there may be a delay.”

Ribble Valley chief executive Marshal Scott said: “Our offices will be open as normal and disruption will be kept to a minimum.”

UNISON spokesman John Lewis said: “Our staff are predominantly low-paid. Frozen public sector pay impacts on many households across Lancashire. The real value of local government pay has fallen by a staggering 20 per cent since 2010. Industrial action is a last resort.”

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2:28pm Fri 4 Jul 14

A Darener says...

If they can afford to miss a days pay whilst striking they are obviously paid too much! Most low paid workers couldn't miss an hours pay never mind a days.
If they can afford to miss a days pay whilst striking they are obviously paid too much! Most low paid workers couldn't miss an hours pay never mind a days. A Darener
  • Score: 5

2:58pm Fri 4 Jul 14

child44 says...

Local government pay might have fallen by 20%, and it seems like the services that we get have fallen even further, so what exactly are you doing with our Council Tax?
Local government pay might have fallen by 20%, and it seems like the services that we get have fallen even further, so what exactly are you doing with our Council Tax? child44
  • Score: 25

3:49pm Fri 4 Jul 14

the beaver says...

I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed!
I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed! the beaver
  • Score: -14

5:24pm Fri 4 Jul 14

ghost of sceptic says...

the beaver wrote:
I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed!
You ignorant moron. A large portion of these people are street cleaners , dinner ladies , toilet cleaners , refuse collectors . So you think these people are on a gravy train do you. I doubt very much you could do the job these people do for such low pay. If it wasnt for some of these people you and others like you would be drowning in a sea of filth on the streets. These people provide essential services and are a million miles away from the fat cat pay packets that cheif executives and senior managers at councils receive. Get your facts straght first before you start slagging of people who probablly earn a whole lot less than you do.
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed![/p][/quote]You ignorant moron. A large portion of these people are street cleaners , dinner ladies , toilet cleaners , refuse collectors . So you think these people are on a gravy train do you. I doubt very much you could do the job these people do for such low pay. If it wasnt for some of these people you and others like you would be drowning in a sea of filth on the streets. These people provide essential services and are a million miles away from the fat cat pay packets that cheif executives and senior managers at councils receive. Get your facts straght first before you start slagging of people who probablly earn a whole lot less than you do. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 19

6:06pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Rich Riley says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
the beaver wrote:
I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed!
You ignorant moron. A large portion of these people are street cleaners , dinner ladies , toilet cleaners , refuse collectors . So you think these people are on a gravy train do you. I doubt very much you could do the job these people do for such low pay. If it wasnt for some of these people you and others like you would be drowning in a sea of filth on the streets. These people provide essential services and are a million miles away from the fat cat pay packets that cheif executives and senior managers at councils receive. Get your facts straght first before you start slagging of people who probablly earn a whole lot less than you do.
Well the list you provide is hardly skilled work is it! They're paid well enough and if they don't like it then move on. Get some skills and find better paid employment. It's easy.
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed![/p][/quote]You ignorant moron. A large portion of these people are street cleaners , dinner ladies , toilet cleaners , refuse collectors . So you think these people are on a gravy train do you. I doubt very much you could do the job these people do for such low pay. If it wasnt for some of these people you and others like you would be drowning in a sea of filth on the streets. These people provide essential services and are a million miles away from the fat cat pay packets that cheif executives and senior managers at councils receive. Get your facts straght first before you start slagging of people who probablly earn a whole lot less than you do.[/p][/quote]Well the list you provide is hardly skilled work is it! They're paid well enough and if they don't like it then move on. Get some skills and find better paid employment. It's easy. Rich Riley
  • Score: -18

6:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

mayor07 says...

Likewise, If the public sector is such a good number get a job in it.
Likewise, If the public sector is such a good number get a job in it. mayor07
  • Score: 7

8:21pm Fri 4 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

A Darener wrote:
If they can afford to miss a days pay whilst striking they are obviously paid too much! Most low paid workers couldn't miss an hours pay never mind a days.
At least these workers have back bone.
Unlike you Darener . You just keep dobbing your cap
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: If they can afford to miss a days pay whilst striking they are obviously paid too much! Most low paid workers couldn't miss an hours pay never mind a days.[/p][/quote]At least these workers have back bone. Unlike you Darener . You just keep dobbing your cap 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 2

9:38am Sat 5 Jul 14

Noiticer says...

I wonder how much of a rise the above moaners have had in the past year. If they are pensioners they will have had a 2.2% rise which is more than the public service workers have had. And as for the Royal Family, MP's, bankers, company directors, stockbrokers etc . rises have been far above that received by the rest of us. I think the moaners above are being blinded by their own blinkers. What kind of society do they want us to live in?
I wonder how much of a rise the above moaners have had in the past year. If they are pensioners they will have had a 2.2% rise which is more than the public service workers have had. And as for the Royal Family, MP's, bankers, company directors, stockbrokers etc . rises have been far above that received by the rest of us. I think the moaners above are being blinded by their own blinkers. What kind of society do they want us to live in? Noiticer
  • Score: 2

10:01am Sat 5 Jul 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Rich Riley wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
the beaver wrote:
I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed!
You ignorant moron. A large portion of these people are street cleaners , dinner ladies , toilet cleaners , refuse collectors . So you think these people are on a gravy train do you. I doubt very much you could do the job these people do for such low pay. If it wasnt for some of these people you and others like you would be drowning in a sea of filth on the streets. These people provide essential services and are a million miles away from the fat cat pay packets that cheif executives and senior managers at councils receive. Get your facts straght first before you start slagging of people who probablly earn a whole lot less than you do.
Well the list you provide is hardly skilled work is it! They're paid well enough and if they don't like it then move on. Get some skills and find better paid employment. It's easy.
Maybe you can share with me and others where you get your information from that these people who provide these services are paid well enough from. You dont have to be skilled to earn a decent living. I suspect by the tone of your post you are in 1st class aboard the gravy train, a case of im alright jack. I smell a rat.
[quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed![/p][/quote]You ignorant moron. A large portion of these people are street cleaners , dinner ladies , toilet cleaners , refuse collectors . So you think these people are on a gravy train do you. I doubt very much you could do the job these people do for such low pay. If it wasnt for some of these people you and others like you would be drowning in a sea of filth on the streets. These people provide essential services and are a million miles away from the fat cat pay packets that cheif executives and senior managers at councils receive. Get your facts straght first before you start slagging of people who probablly earn a whole lot less than you do.[/p][/quote]Well the list you provide is hardly skilled work is it! They're paid well enough and if they don't like it then move on. Get some skills and find better paid employment. It's easy.[/p][/quote]Maybe you can share with me and others where you get your information from that these people who provide these services are paid well enough from. You dont have to be skilled to earn a decent living. I suspect by the tone of your post you are in 1st class aboard the gravy train, a case of im alright jack. I smell a rat. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 2

11:49am Sat 5 Jul 14

Kevin, Colne says...

The British trade union movement is stuck in a cul-de-sac. In some ways it is embarrassing to witness the way in which the movement is not only stuck, but has no idea of how best to respond to a system of fiat-based money and a financialised economy where the balance of rewards have tipped decisively from labour to capital.

Anyone that has studied the history of trade unionism cannot be other than struck by the birth of a movement for progressive reform and improvement that has achieved a great deal and yet simultaneously hampered technological progress in a way that has done serious damage to the nation, and ultimately proved a dis-service to members.

Early trade unions provided a great many welfare benefits, and many still do, but once welfare protection was provided by the state the unions began to largely forgot this aspect of their role and instead became prisoners to a mode of thinking and operating that failed to recognise the changing reality of the world.

The three words that come into my mind when thinking about trade unions are: belligerent, backward and blinkered. I say this as a trade union member all of my working life, and a manager.

There’s a lot be said for having backbone, as a poster above has observed; but I think it is far, far more important to have gumption. Backbone without gumption has long been the hallmark of British trade unionism and it serves nobody well, least of trade unionists.
The British trade union movement is stuck in a cul-de-sac. In some ways it is embarrassing to witness the way in which the movement is not only stuck, but has no idea of how best to respond to a system of fiat-based money and a financialised economy where the balance of rewards have tipped decisively from labour to capital. Anyone that has studied the history of trade unionism cannot be other than struck by the birth of a movement for progressive reform and improvement that has achieved a great deal and yet simultaneously hampered technological progress in a way that has done serious damage to the nation, and ultimately proved a dis-service to members. Early trade unions provided a great many welfare benefits, and many still do, but once welfare protection was provided by the state the unions began to largely forgot this aspect of their role and instead became prisoners to a mode of thinking and operating that failed to recognise the changing reality of the world. The three words that come into my mind when thinking about trade unions are: belligerent, backward and blinkered. I say this as a trade union member all of my working life, and a manager. There’s a lot be said for having backbone, as a poster above has observed; but I think it is far, far more important to have gumption. Backbone without gumption has long been the hallmark of British trade unionism and it serves nobody well, least of trade unionists. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 5

1:37pm Sat 5 Jul 14

woolywords says...

The stark reality here is the down to money in incomes and outgoings.
Take the bins, as an example.
First you need a landfill site, then for every ton that you put in it, there is a levy. You need a bin wagon and a few to crew it.
When running the bin wagon you have rising fuel costs and the levy on the landfill is going up.
Your only income is from Community Charge, which the Government has capped and reduced it's subsidy.
So your only option is to cut the wage bill.
Trade Unions can't seem to grasp this simple concept, I don't know why.
Half a pay rise is better than no pay rise at all, and if needs must, there's always Tax Credits to help out the really hardest hit.
Or will they prefer a reduction in staff, to pay for this rise in wages?
The stark reality here is the down to money in incomes and outgoings. Take the bins, as an example. First you need a landfill site, then for every ton that you put in it, there is a levy. You need a bin wagon and a few to crew it. When running the bin wagon you have rising fuel costs and the levy on the landfill is going up. Your only income is from Community Charge, which the Government has capped and reduced it's subsidy. So your only option is to cut the wage bill. Trade Unions can't seem to grasp this simple concept, I don't know why. Half a pay rise is better than no pay rise at all, and if needs must, there's always Tax Credits to help out the really hardest hit. Or will they prefer a reduction in staff, to pay for this rise in wages? woolywords
  • Score: 0

4:58am Sun 6 Jul 14

oldnorm says...

Its time they stopped this stupid percentage pay rise, the rich get richer and the poor get nothing. A loaf of bread costs the same for everybody. It used to be, everybody got the same rise in money per hour. The gap between the top earners and the bottom is becoming obscene.
Its time they stopped this stupid percentage pay rise, the rich get richer and the poor get nothing. A loaf of bread costs the same for everybody. It used to be, everybody got the same rise in money per hour. The gap between the top earners and the bottom is becoming obscene. oldnorm
  • Score: 3

3:22pm Sun 6 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

child44 wrote:
Local government pay might have fallen by 20%, and it seems like the services that we get have fallen even further, so what exactly are you doing with our Council Tax?
they build stupid white elephants like number 1 Market St and the ACE Centre in Nelson etc etc
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Local government pay might have fallen by 20%, and it seems like the services that we get have fallen even further, so what exactly are you doing with our Council Tax?[/p][/quote]they build stupid white elephants like number 1 Market St and the ACE Centre in Nelson etc etc ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 2

3:27pm Sun 6 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Rich Riley wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
the beaver wrote:
I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed!
You ignorant moron. A large portion of these people are street cleaners , dinner ladies , toilet cleaners , refuse collectors . So you think these people are on a gravy train do you. I doubt very much you could do the job these people do for such low pay. If it wasnt for some of these people you and others like you would be drowning in a sea of filth on the streets. These people provide essential services and are a million miles away from the fat cat pay packets that cheif executives and senior managers at councils receive. Get your facts straght first before you start slagging of people who probablly earn a whole lot less than you do.
Well the list you provide is hardly skilled work is it! They're paid well enough and if they don't like it then move on. Get some skills and find better paid employment. It's easy.
tell me how easy it is?? and where are the better jobs you mention,and where are the training courses for the skills you mention.i await your answer with growing excitement
[quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: I would withdraw the 1% These shower want to try working in the private sector they would not survive working in the real world. If they think there so good and worth more money try getting a better job. There is plenty of people out there that would love to have your jobs. Cannot be doing with strikers that think there owed a living get off the gravy train and work in the real world. And when you stop for a day the world will carry on so think on is your cushy job really needed![/p][/quote]You ignorant moron. A large portion of these people are street cleaners , dinner ladies , toilet cleaners , refuse collectors . So you think these people are on a gravy train do you. I doubt very much you could do the job these people do for such low pay. If it wasnt for some of these people you and others like you would be drowning in a sea of filth on the streets. These people provide essential services and are a million miles away from the fat cat pay packets that cheif executives and senior managers at councils receive. Get your facts straght first before you start slagging of people who probablly earn a whole lot less than you do.[/p][/quote]Well the list you provide is hardly skilled work is it! They're paid well enough and if they don't like it then move on. Get some skills and find better paid employment. It's easy.[/p][/quote]tell me how easy it is?? and where are the better jobs you mention,and where are the training courses for the skills you mention.i await your answer with growing excitement ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor says...

Working people, whether in the private or public sector, have lost earnings (wages, benefits and pensions) by 10% in the last 5 years. Conversely the very richest thousand people in the UK have increased their wealth by £190 billion. Indeed their gain almost exactly matches the loss of earnings of working people. Isn't it time that we stopped dividing and ruling ourselves and shouting abuse at whoever is trying to maintain and improve their earnings and support any who are trying to make it better for ordinary working people.
Working people, whether in the private or public sector, have lost earnings (wages, benefits and pensions) by 10% in the last 5 years. Conversely the very richest thousand people in the UK have increased their wealth by £190 billion. Indeed their gain almost exactly matches the loss of earnings of working people. Isn't it time that we stopped dividing and ruling ourselves and shouting abuse at whoever is trying to maintain and improve their earnings and support any who are trying to make it better for ordinary working people. Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor
  • Score: 1

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