Council staff picket Civic Offices

Union members at Eastleigh Borough Council joined thousands of council workers, teachers and firefighters across the country in a one day strike over pay and pensions today.

Pickets were outside the civic offices and the council depot at Hedge End.

Unison Branch Secretary Mark Lonsdale told Eastleigh News:

“It’s about fairness we’ve had a 1% pay rise in four years” adding that due to inflation this equates to an 18% cut in real terms.

“Its not a dispute with our council it’s a dispute with the government and it’s unfair, unnecessarily austere approach to public sector finances and ultimately our pay.”

“We are clearly not ‘all in it together’ – look at what MPs have voted for themselves recently”

Lonsdale argued that a pay rise for public sector workers would find its way back into the wider economy and help drive the recovery.

The union rep said there are a furher two days of action planned for September but hoped the matter could be resolved before then

Reacting to Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to tighten strike ballot legislation he said he thought the UK already had “extremely stringent” trade union rules about strike action and balloting but added that he would like to see the response rate to ballots increased.

It was difficult to tell to what extent staff at the civic offices had decided to support the strike but it was clear that many were still coming into work although some were stopping to speak to pickets and even offer donations.

Mark Lonsdale said that many workers supported the claim for higher wages but simply could not afford to lose a day’s pay.

The council has released advice below regarding revised bin collections revealing that 60% of bins were not collected today:

Green Bins – 40% of green bins will be collected today. If your bin is not collected today it will be emptied at your next scheduled collection in two weeks time. Residents can collect up to three clear sacks free of charge to store any excess recycling in. They are available from Chandler’s Ford Parish Council, Fair Oak Parish Council, Bishopstoke Parish Council, Eastleigh House and Hedge End Depot (check websites for opening hours).

Black Bins – put your bins out as normal and they will be collected today

Garden Waste – put your bins out as normal and they will be collected today

Glass Boxes – Chandler’s Ford Area

  • Hiltingbury Road, Lakewood Road, Kingsway, Hursley Court and Ashton Place and the other roads off them will be collected Friday 11 July
  • Hocombe Road, Bodycoats Road, the Scantabout area, Alexandra Road, Hursley Rd 267-307 and the other roads off them will be collected Monday 14 July

Food Waste – any food waste that has not been collected along with your green bin today will be collected next week with the domestic waste.

  9 comments for “Council staff picket Civic Offices

  1. Running for government from chandlers ford
    July 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I suggest they should be laid off if they do not attend work, there are surely plenty of un employed people who would love a job with a good salary and paid holidays.

    It makes me so angry that people feel they can hold others to ransom whenever they feel like it. I can’t go on strike nor would I want to, I chose my profession after all, we all had a choice after school why take a job if all your going to do is strike? Let someone else have this job so they can pay there bills.

    This country has turned to soft it’s about time someone stands up to this rubbish, excuse the pun…

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      July 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      A council worker I spoke to said that with the government saying there would be no significant rises till at least 2018 and with pay starting to rise in the private sector they are already seeing council workers moving over to the private sector.

  2. Craig
    July 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    1% Pay rise in four year your lucky try no pay rise get with the real world

  3. Sue
    July 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    if in the “real world” there is no pay rise then I suggest that the private sector use their right to strike also. It becomes a race to the bottom if we argue that some workers should not get better pay and conditions because others dont have it! Working people have only ever managed to get from the govt and employers what they have fought hard for. Workers who do not use collective action to negotiate their terms etc will sink to the bottom. The reason for that is for the most part employers will pay as little as they can get away with! And it is also worth noting that since this govt came to power the super rich have increased their wealth by 50%! So money is there ——— it is just being channeled away from ordinary working people. I wish the strikers all the very best.

    • Rigel
      July 12, 2014 at 12:54 am

      I agree that collective action has brought working people necessary improvements and if the binmen want to strike good for them , they get a pound or so more than minimum wage i guess (http://www.redgoldfish.co.uk/refuse-collector-jobs)

      but its not like being a coalminer or a nurse though , it has to be the lowest payscale because it is essentially unskilled – my binmen are good though…..

      freezing council tax ? Sue -would you pay more council tax to give them a payrise ? hmmmm …we need to tax those super rich and give it to the binmen no doubt

      • Running for government from chandlers ford
        July 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

        Too late I am now boiling over.

        I suggest we pole the unemployed see how many would like an opportunity of a job/career/pension/holiday and sickness pay.

        If we get enough people wanting to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity we should sack all those lazy work shy people.

  4. Running for government from chandlers ford
    July 12, 2014 at 7:36 am

    My heart is really bleeding for you private sector workers. How do you sleep at night in the knowledge you earn a good salary and when it comes to retirement your pensions are much better than an average persons?

    You chose the career I suggest working harder so the company makes profit then maybe a pay rise will come your way. This is how I work in the real world.

    (No performance no pay)

    Stop striking do your job or we should get others to do it.

    Just think what would happen if you keep striking and all the Jo public pull together and find they do not require your sub standard services ? None of you will have a job all for a pay rise that let’s face facts no-one is getting….

    I will be taking my litter to the recycle depot and to be honest it’s that easy I would rather save my council tax money and leave all those striking out of a job !

    If the government had any brains they would then not pay you benefits as it was self inflicted. Stop snivelling get to work and grow up !!!!

  5. Running for government from chandlers ford
    July 12, 2014 at 7:39 am

    And please don’t get me started on unions !!!!!!

    Some bullied child that now has people around him……

  6. Sue
    July 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    none of us would have what we have if it wasnt for the unions. I dont want to go back to the 1800’s. Those who already have the money will do what they’ve always done —– try to keep as much of it as possible. If that means finding the opportunities to drive down wages, make people work longer hours, cut sick pay and pensions then they will do it. The majority of people on benefits in this country are in work! I dont want us to become a third world country where people are living in cardboard boxes and working 80 hours a week!

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