GMB Cardiff1Branch Newsletter
Half way through 2017 already, doesn't time fly. As we said in the last e-newsletter, we have more information for you on the excellent GMB national "Pay pinch" campaign. There will be a few attachments to this e-mail; as always, if anyone has a problem opening them, please let me know & I will assist in any way possible.
OK: you will recall that the Conservative-Lib-Dem coalition brought in a 1% pay cap, on ALL public sector employees - not just local government, but also NHS, fire-fighters, police, etc. - in 2010. This was the then Chancellors ("Boy" George!) austerity program, and it was imposed not discussed. Local authority administrations have no flexibility or veto over this.
This means that for seven years now, we've all had below inflation growth in our income.
Of course, one group of "public employees" managed to avoid the 1% cap .... Members of Parliament awarded themselves a 10% pay rise two years ago (their basic salary is now £76,011 per annum), and a further 1.4% increase effective from April 2017.
Remember the words of that "nice" Mr Cameron; "We're all in it together" !?! .....
Then, recently, we've had our current (but for how long?!) Prime Minister, Theresa May tell us all that there is no money tree to be shaken. However, despite the absence of said money tree, amazingly they did find :-
• £370 million for renovations to Buckingham Palace;
• £4 billion (est.) for renovations to the Houses of Parliament;
• £6 million for a pay rise for the Queen (equivalent to 8%, no 1% cap there then!);
• £1.5 billion to buy the votes of ten DUP politicians, in order to keep this government in power.
So, it seems there is money for old buildings and old Queens, but NOT for the likes of you and me ...
Do you think that is fair?
Do you think that is reasonable?
This week, the opposition moved an amendment to the Queens Speech that would scrap the 1% pay cap; it was defeated by just a few votes - those being the entire Conservative party and their DUP chums. When the vote was announced in the House of Commons, the Tory benches resounded to cheers and catcalls. ...
Effectively, they were "cheering" the lack of real help for fire-fighters, for nurses, for home carers, for social work staff, for housing staff, for those who keep our streets clean and our neighbourhoods tidy - whether bin men, road sweepers or parks staff.
In the wake of Grenfell tower, Manchester Arena, Westminster Bridge and Borough Market - who could possibly "cheer" denying help to fire-fighters, nurses, police, etc.? Truly, that was shameful.
So - what can you do? Well, most importantly (if you haven't already) please sign the GMB PayPinch petition, you can find it here - www.paypinch.org.uk - and it takes, literally a minute to do.
As we said, attached are some reading materials which will explain the campaign in greater detail, but if you have any questions, please contact one of your local GMB representatives (or me!).
Colleagues, we can win this campaign, and we can do it with your support and solidarity.
Please, please, please sign the petition - get your partner to as well, and your family - kids, grandmas, uncles, cousins, whoever - they are all entitled to an opinion and to support us.
Let's show the government we mean business!!
As always, thank you for reading.
Our twitter feed - @GMBCardiff1 - is being populated with pictures of members holding PayPinch boards, showing the amount lost to local government workers. Angie is on the loose with a camera!!
GMB Cardiff1 Branch