UNISON members in Blackpool voiced their opposition to Council plans to cut their terms and conditions at a protest at the Town Hall today. A crowd of over 100 staff joined the joint UNISON and Unite rally.
The Council has proposed to:
- Freeze pay increments for two years
- Introduce unpaid annual leave
- Increase parking charges for staff from a maximum of £50 a year to £600.
Julia Orry, Blackpool Branch Secretary said:
“Taking money out of the pockets of Council staff will plunge people into working poverty and damage the local economy.”
“Cuts to terms and conditions are not an alternative to job cuts or service cuts – the Council has already lost 900 staff due to redundancy and frontline services including social care and Customer First provision are being cut back.”
“The Council faces massive financial cuts in the coming years. We’re calling on councillors to do all they can to minimise the impact on service users and staff. Above all, what we desperately need in Blackpool is fair funding for public services from the Government.”