Ashfield Labour Councillors back Thursday’s public sector strike

editorial image

Ashfield District Labour party Councillors have released a statement backing public sector staff due to strike on Thursday.

Members of the UNISON GMB and Unite unions will walk out over pay and conditions in the biggest one-day strike over pay by public sector workers since 2010.

They will be joined by firefighters, the PCS covering job centres and civil service offices and the National Union of Teachers.

The statement sent to the Chad this morning reads: “Elected Labour Councillors at Ashfield District Council would like to offer their support, solidarity and best wishes to the public sector staff taking part in the industrial action which will take place on Thursday 10th July.

“We believe that this government is treating hard working, valued public sector staff with utter contempt whilst public sector pay is down by a fifth in real terms and well below the rate of inflation.

“We also believe that the government’s one per cent pay offer on the table is nothing more than derisory, in October even the national minimum wage will overtake local authority pay scales

“As councillors we stand with our staff – we don’t blame them for taking strike action, which nobody takes lightly.

“To this end, Ashfield District Council will distribute all ‘lost wages’ from July 10th to local charities and other worthy causes through our Area Committees as the council has done in previous years.

“On Thursday we are well aware the strike will inevitably cause disruption to services but we would kindly ask for your patience and understanding whilst normal service is being resumed.”