Strikers asked to "lay around watching telly" rather than go to work

Thurrock Gazette: Picketing at Tilbury Docks - but others chose to stay home Picketing at Tilbury Docks - but others chose to stay home

STRIKERS were encouraged to stay at home “laying around watching telly” rather than go to work if they didn’t want to picket in the rain, a union organiser said.

Public sector workers went on strike across Thurrock yesterday in protest at what was described as an “insulting” offer of a one per cent pay rise by the government.

Members of the striking unions – Unite, Unison, the Public and Commercial Services Union, the National Union of Teachers and GMB – picketed through heavy rain at Thurrock Civic Offices in Grays and the Curzon Drive depot, with some also joining rallies in Chelmsford and Southend.

But Michelle Bradley, Unison organiser for Thurrock, said some chose to go on strike “more quietly” by staying home during the downpour.

She said: “In today’s world, going out on a picket line isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea and the weather wasn’t kind so we said to people just don’t come into work – do those things you have to do whether it’s catching up on the ironing, visiting family or laying around watching telly – to say the pay offer we’ve received is not good enough.”

Thurrock Conservative leader Councillor Rob Gledhill had criticised the strike, claiming it was making life difficult for working people in the private sector, many of whose pay had not changed in years, while expecting them to foot the bill for a public sector pay rise.

But Ms Bradley said Unison members were by example fighting for all workers, not just those in the public sector or in trade unions, by demanding higher pay.

She said: “It brings everything down to the lowest common denominator to say that, just because one person doesn’t get it, others shouldn’t get it either – it becomes a race to the bottom.

“But if you enable people to have a good standard of living, whatever work they undertake, we will all benefit from that – it has a positive knock-on effect.”

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11:07am Fri 11 Jul 14

PoorFleet says...

I get the feeling that some of the strikers are completely oblivious as to how their departments are funded.

At present, the tax revenues collected are not enough to meet spend so the government has to borrow in the form of bonds. How can we fund the pay rises? Borrow more?

Some spout the same drivel that is to raise taxes on bankers or businesses but here's the thing. Pension funds often buy shares in companies. The profits made from either dividends or selling shares funds the pension pots. If companies are taxed more, the profits are less and the thus the pension fund suffers. Which could well mean that your retirement fund isn't so great and you end up having to stay in employment past your planned age.

Government agency's do not create revenue or wealth. They consume it.
I get the feeling that some of the strikers are completely oblivious as to how their departments are funded. At present, the tax revenues collected are not enough to meet spend so the government has to borrow in the form of bonds. How can we fund the pay rises? Borrow more? Some spout the same drivel that is to raise taxes on bankers or businesses but here's the thing. Pension funds often buy shares in companies. The profits made from either dividends or selling shares funds the pension pots. If companies are taxed more, the profits are less and the thus the pension fund suffers. Which could well mean that your retirement fund isn't so great and you end up having to stay in employment past your planned age. Government agency's do not create revenue or wealth. They consume it. PoorFleet
  • Score: 19

12:48pm Fri 11 Jul 14

woodsider says...

much as i disagree with the strike, i assume if they do strike they may as well laze around as they are not being paid. They can hardly go out spending. You would like to think if they feel strong enough to go on strike they should be out demonstrating the fact, but its hardly likely that people will be that responsible these days,
much as i disagree with the strike, i assume if they do strike they may as well laze around as they are not being paid. They can hardly go out spending. You would like to think if they feel strong enough to go on strike they should be out demonstrating the fact, but its hardly likely that people will be that responsible these days, woodsider
  • Score: 9

4:48pm Fri 11 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

It is strange that a number of departments functioned perfectly normal despite a number of staff being on strike. The strikers have highlighted that these council departments are overstaffed and the current council employees underworked. If these absence makes no impact then sack the lot and save money.
It is strange that a number of departments functioned perfectly normal despite a number of staff being on strike. The strikers have highlighted that these council departments are overstaffed and the current council employees underworked. If these absence makes no impact then sack the lot and save money. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 14

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