TGU accuses councils of resisting negotiation

Transport and General Workers’ Union says New Labour hardliners in the North
West are the main barrier to justice on pay.

Dromey, T&G national organiser, will today tell a conference of T&G
shop stewards in Manchester that North West Labour councils have vetoed moves
to avoid the first national strike in local government for 23 years, and he
will accuse the region’s Labour councils of resisting moves for a negotiated

said the North West Labour councils insisted on imposing a pay deal of 3 per
cent – the lowest in the public sector – on the North West’s 288,000 local
government employees. Dromey said one leading Tory councillor has described the
councils concerned as trying to "out-Thatcher Thatcher."

said: "I find it sad that Labour councils want to fight their employees
rather than fight low pay and injustice.

members have had enough. They care but are not cared for by their employers.
All they want is fair pay, better treatment and, quite simply, respect from
their managers and ministers.

ballot forms for industrial action are to go out to tens of thousands of

By Quentin Reade

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