Norfolk public sector strikes - Have your say

Strike at North Norfolk District Council offices in Cromer.
Picture: Antony Kelly Strike at North Norfolk District Council offices in Cromer. Picture: Antony Kelly

Thursday, July 10, 2014
12:52 PM

Schools and council services across Norfolk have been affected by industrial action as members of trade unions UNISON, GMB, Unite take industrial action today over a pay offer of 1pc for those earning more than £14,880.

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14 comments

  • Sounds like someone views education as mere free child minding while they go to work. And rewards have not been frozen in the private sector, except for those at the bottom. Those at the top have never had it so good. As used to be said, "To make the rich work harder you pay them more, to make the poor work harder you pay them less" Never been truer.

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    marty r

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • I find it amazing that these strikes can take place. If you work in the private sector you either except your pay and pension (or lack of) or you look for another job. Why in the public sector is this allowed? Don't like your job? Find a new one! Don't make hundreds of people have to pay for child care or take a day off because you believe you're entitled to more. The private sector have seen a freeze in wages so why shouldn't the public sector?

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    Vikki Palmer

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • @ ANDY T if you only knew the true facts on pensions and pay!!!!

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    calmudownboy

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • NorthCity but either way opinion isn't anti-union like Cameron has suggested.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Perhaps Len and his pals could divert some of the (alleged) contributions to Red Ed + his pals, to looking after their members instead. - Oops, sorry - I was dreaming!!

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    biglingers

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • "FAIR PAY NOW"...... sorry, but that's not what the union voted to strike over, therefore this is an illegal strike

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    Crazy

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Well said Spooky. I'm a teacher, but would forego any improvement in terms and conditions if it meant the nurses (in my opinion, the most undervalued profession in the country) got improved pay. For what it's worth, I think teachers pay is pretty good, it's the pension, conditions, and workload that are the problem. Unfortunately, MP's are fine with their nice big 11% pay rise so the rest of us can go whistle!!! Of course, they deserve that amount as they have foregone their 'expenses'!!!

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    OldSchool

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • I'm retired now, but from when I started work at 15 to when I retired I was never a member of a union, I never trusted them. I used to work for a London council and the workers there never received any rise above 1.5%, the bosses got more as always. If unions get a better price fine, but to me they put their members out of pocket as they don't get paid when they strike, thankfully the days of long strikes and only living on strike pay are over or there would be a lot more people at the food banks than usual. We all know that anyone in a government job gets perks and that includes local government employees as well, I used to do the budgets, so I know what they claim for. However if anyone needs a decent payrise, it's nurses, they do a fantastic job.

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    Spooky

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • They have a right to strike. They just don't have the right to a better pension or increased pay rise. Perhaps the Unions could stump up a bit of cash? After all they give a fair wedge to Labour and they don't travel economy do they?

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    Andy T

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • @Jeffrey Osborne: Comres poll for ITV: In the poll of 2,053 adults, results were split with as many people saying workers are right to go on strike (40%) as they are wrong to do so (41%). Simply put it's not as one sided as your post indicates

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    NorthCity

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Jesus, Daisy is first on here too, you really are an unemployed troll.

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    BarclayBigMouth

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Well done Archant, as PCS members and reps are trying to make sure they are not forgotten and are one of the main unions here not just a backup, you leave them out again. I bet there was no idea they were considering merging with Unite either.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Daisy Roots, Are you saying this site should now only run story’s about the US helicopter crash? I look forward to your rant on every article from now on.

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    CarlosDanger

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Why not look at what's already out there or doesn't it support EDP opinion? It's a bigger sample. 82pc in the Telegraph opinion poll support the NUT strike. In the Survation opinion poll 61% of voters think local government workers, civil servants & teachers have a right to strike today. Just 26% don't.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

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