Published On: Thu, Jul 10th, 2014 on 6:12 pm

Calderdale workers and unions strike over low pay rise offer

Low Pay Rise Strike Halifax

Union members unite outside Northgate House

Low Pay Rise Strike Halifax

Edward Ashman, branch secretary at Calderdale Unison

Low Pay Rise Strike HalifaxLow Pay Rise Strike Halifax

Public sector workers have protested in Halifax demanding changes over wages, pay rises and spending cuts.

Group members from Unison, FBU, PCS, GMB, NUT and Unite, took action outside Northgate House in dispute with government plans on pay.

Government workers have not had a pay rise in three years, and this year, the government offered them a one per cent rise. The offer was refused.

According to Unison, many of its members are low-paid, part-time workers, struggling to pay their household bills, and are asking for a rise of at least £1 an hour.

Edward Ashman, branch secretary at Calderdale Unison, told the Yorkshire Standard: “75% of local government workers are women, and half of them are low-paid and working part-time so it’s not about the big-earners in Calderdale.

“There are a lot of people being paid low wages, and really, it’s about people increasing their potential for earnings.”

Unison believes that if the government agrees upon negotiations, almost half a million council and school support workers currently earning below the living wage, could come off in-work benefits.

Council services and schools across West Yorkshire have been affected as strikes have been held across the UK.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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