Local government workers across North Lanarkshire took part in a day of action on June 27th to mark Fair Pay Day. (READ MORE – Click to read more)
UNISON North Lanarkshire called on Government to put an end to ongoing pay freeze but also wanted to recognise that North Lanarkshire Council has implemented the living wage within the authority.
Union members, from UNISON, GMB and Unite, will be marking Fair Pay Day by launching a nationwide petition and urging politicians and members of the public to sign up to fair pay for local government workers. The main event organised by the North Lanarkshire branch was a stall and campaign launch outside Motherwell Civic Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
North Lanarkshire UNISON Branch Secretary, John Mooney commented, “It was fantastic to see the local councillor’s show up and support our campaign and sign our petition. Along with members of the public and council employees, 12 elected members from the Councils labour group signed our petition and support board. The branch would like to commend the council for implementing the living wage this year guaranteeing that no employee will earn under £7.20 per hour.
The Fair Pay Campaign also focuses on the Government Pay Freeze.
John continues, “The cost of gas, electricity, fuel and food has risen sharply while local government workers’ pay has remained the same. This means workers are worse off now than before – it’s not a pay freeze, it’s a pay cut.