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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 July 2008
Greenwich: Employers' hypocrisy
SHORTLY BEFORE many thousands of local government workers went on strike on 16-17 July, council workers in one London borough, Greenwich, condemned their council's and the Brown government's hypocrisy. While the employers and government refuse to negotiate a decent pay rise for low-paid council workers, they are finding money to pay top-level managers and councillors.
Greenwich council proposes a review of chief officer pay, even though more pay at the top will cost an extra £135,000 a year to implement. This will come from council tax payers, including low paid council workers.
Greenwich Unison branch secretary Onay Kasab said: "While our members are expected to accept below-inflation pay rises, the employers can find the money for already well-paid chief officers.
"The government also plans to offer 'parachute' payments of up to £30,000 to cushion the blow to councillors who lose their positions, and their considerable allowances, at elections. Whatever happened to councillors such as those at Poplar in the 1920s and Liverpool in the 1980s who were prepared to make massive sacrifices for the people who elected them?"
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In The Socialist 16 July 2008:
Global finance crisis deepens
Feature: Price inflation - the sickness of capitalism
Change the system! not the climate
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka general strike
Military threat to Iran stepped up
Socialist Party NHS campaign
NHS - birthday greetings and warnings
Ambulances - calls doubled, no extra staff
Polyclinic courts Branson
Ex-Foley-ated! Union bashing NHS boss resigns as staff defeat pay cuts
Socialist Party campaigns
Glasgow East by-election Socialist change needed
Durham Miners' Gala rejects New Labour
One Wales rule for the rich...
Post Office Leeds: Haranguing in the rain
Greenwich: Employers' hypocrisy
Bangor: Bus protest
Workplace news and analysis
Visteon takeover: Workers' determination defends conditions
Shop stewards conference: Workers and war
Workplace news: In brief
Notts campaign against the racist BNP grows
Anti-racism stall in Wrexham
No to the BNP's attempt to divide Stoke's communities!
'Dear Boris' - we will NOT be silenced!
The Socialist Comment
Government attacks single parents
Socialist Party review
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the working class went global
The Socialist 16 July 2008 |
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