Fair Pay Day - Android Tablet Winners
27 June was Fair Pay Day to publicise
our campaign to fight for fair pay in local government.
To celebrate this there were two Android tablet computers
up for grabs for City of Edinburgh Branch members
The first two correct winners drawn
by Finance stewards with branch office staff were:
Noel Jeffery, Chesser House Contact Centre, and Ian
McAndrew, Chesser House.
The answers were
Question 1: How much is the Living Wage?
Answer 1: £7.20
Question 2: By how much, on average,
have energy prices increased over the last two years?
Answer 2: 15%
Question 3: Why do pay freezes affect
lower paid workers most?
Answer 3: Because a higher percentage of their monthly
wage now goes on these necessities.
Question 4: What is the pay claim being
made by the trade unions?
Answer 4: A minimum Living Wage of £7.20 and
for a £1,000 flat payment for all staff - £500
for last year and £500 for this year.
Pay Freeze Must Thaw
Local Government workers are now the
poor relations of the public sector. We are in the
second year of a centrally imposed pay freeze and
the lowest paid haven't even been given the £250
increase promised by the Scottish Government.
Inflation over the last 2 years has
run at an average of 5% and effectively means a pay
cut for our members.
Necessities like food and energy have increased
7% and 15% respectively. This affects lower workers more because a higher percentage
of their monthly wage now goes on these necessities. This means they have less
money left at the end of the month - and many are struggling to cope.
along with Unite and GMB, are calling on Councils
to pay a minimum Living
Wage of £7.20 and for a £1,000 flat payment for all staff - £500
for last year and £500 for this year. This will massively help families
who are really struggling to keep their heads above water in these difficult
times. It will also help local economies - for every £1 paid to a public
sector worker 76p goes back into the local economy.
Local government workers are
not to blame for the current economic crisis. It's unjust and unreasonable
to expect us to pay for the budget cuts while those
caused the crisis continue to get big pay packets and fat bonuses. All workers
deserve fair pay - employers can't keep cutting budgets and expect the lowest
paid to fill the gap.
If you want further information about
the campaign or would like to get involved then please
local steward or the branch office on 0131 558