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zaterdag 12 juli 2014

So obvious ....

Photo: We extend our solidarity to the 1000's of workers striking against Austerity today in the north of Ireland, England and Wales.

Thousands of local government workers in the 26 district councils across northern Ireland are taking strike action against the continued imposition of below-inflation wage increases and pensions 'reforms' that force them to work longer for a smaller pension.

The strike also covers Housing Executive, Education & Library Boards, NSL (Traffic Attendants), Youth Justice Agency, Libraries NI, CCEA and some other smaller public bodies. 

The strike takes  place on the same day as strikes by equivalent workers in England and Wales, as well as Firefighters and Education workers. 

Workers from these trade unions voted to strike.NIPSA, UNISON, UNITE, GMB, SIPTU, PCS 

According to Matt Dykes, the TUC's Senior Policy Officer for Public Service "five years of pay freezes and below inflation pay caps have had a hugely damaging impact on the living standards of public sector workers. TUC analysis shows that the average public sector worker is £2,245 worse off in real terms since this government took office. In local government, where almost two thirds of the workforce are paid below £21k a year and around half a million workers are paid less than the Living Wage, workers will have experienced a real terms pay cut of 18% by the end of 2014.

A home help who has been at the top of her pay scale for four years was earning £13,189 at the beginning of 2010. She now earns £13,621 – an increase of just £432 since 2010. But had her pay increased in line with inflation, she would now be earning £15,820 – which means that she’s lost out on £2,199 in real terms. Under the same analysis a refuse collector on the top of his pay scale has missed out on £2,949 in real terms. He was earning £16,440 in 2010 and is now on £16,770 – an actual increase of just £330."
From Workers Solidarity Movement, Ireland

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