The Labour Party in Great Yarmouth tonight submitted a motion calling on the council to support raising the pay cap on the lowest paid council workers in our borough, these are workers who are part of the National Joint Council (the national negotiating body for local authority workers supported by Unite, GMB and Unison) whose basic pay has fallen by 21% since 2010, suffered a 3 year pay freeze and whose local terms and conditions have also been cut.
NJC workers at GYBC have had to tolerate over seven years of real terms cuts to their living standards. We would urge the government to implement the NJC joint pay claim and fund it from central government. Local government budget cuts have had a devastating impact on local communities across the UK, and those dedicated public servants who work tirelessly to maintain services across councils are struggling to make ends meet.
The motion was defeated in the council chamber as Tory councillors painted an economic picture that even their own Chancellor couldn’t deliver with a straight face while acknowledging the swingeing cuts inflicted upon Great Yarmouth by the Tory government, now supported by their new turncoat friends from the now almost defunct UKIP party.
Cllr. Trevor Wainwright, Leader of the Labour Group says
“These council workers are some of the lowest paid public sector workers, ignored by central government yet relied upon to deliver local services against the most severe cuts the public sector has seen in generations.
The defeat of this motion is a further snub to our dedicated staff after the Tories and UKIP conspired to reject paying them the Real Living Wage previously
At a time when other public sector workers are seeing a relaxation of the pay cap it beggars belief that this council will not support a call to central government to do likewise for our workers”
2nd November 2017