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Local Government and School Workers Strike over Pay across the West Midlands 9 July 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

GMB Local Government and School Workers will strike over pay on Thursday 10th July. The Local Government pay offer of 1% will apply to more than 1.5 million workers including teaching assistants, planners, administrators, social workers and engineers. For these workers, the offer represents a real terms cut in basic pay of almost 20% since the Coalition came to power. Workplaces will be picketed and services closed. Rallies will be held across the country in major cities. 

Please see below for information on Marches, Rallies Picket Lines across the West Midlands Area.   

Birmingham City Centre Rally & March
Victoria Square

11.30am - Gather at Victoria Square
11.45am - Banner Theatre playing
12.15pm - National/Regional Speakers
12.45pm - March down New Street and then back to Victoria Square
1.30pm - Speeches from local strikers
2.00pm - Music from Banner Theatre 

Sandwell Council House
Freeth Street
West Midlands, B69 0DE

10am - 11.00am
Speaches 10.30am
Transport provided to be taken into Birmingham for 11.30am 

Stoke on Trent Council Rally 
Stoke, ST4 1JH

12.00noon - Assemble
12.30pm - Speaker 

Walsall Council
Darwell Street
West Midlands, WS1 1TP
8.30am - 9.30am 

Coventry City Council
The Council House
Earl Street
Coventry, CV1 5RR
8.30am - 9.30am 

Warwickshire Councy Council
Shire Hall
Warwickshire, CV34 4RL

Picket Lines - 10 July 2014

Saltley School & Specialist Science College
Belches Lane,
Bordesley Green
Birmingham, B9 5RX
Tel: 0121 566 6555
8.00am - 9.30am

Cherry Oaks School
60 Frederick Road
Birmingham , B29 6PB
8.00am - 9.30am 

Victoria Special School & Specialists Arts College
Bell Hill
Birmingham, B31 1LD
8.00am - 9.30am

St Margaret Mary RC Primary School
Perry Common Road
Birmingham, B23 7AB
8.00am - 9.30am

Featherstone Childrens Centre
29 Highcroft Road
Birmingham, B23 6AU
8.00am - 9.30am

Kitts Green Shard End Childrens Centre
45 Ridpool Road
Kitts Green
Birmingham, B33 9RB
8.00am - 9.30am

Robin Hood Academy
Pitmaston Road
Hall Green
Birmingham, B28 9PP
8.00am - 9.30am

Wilson Stuart School
Perry Common Road
Birmingham, B23 7AT
8.00am - 9.30am 

Birmingham City Council House
1 Lancasrwe Circus
Birmingham, B4 7DQ
7.00am - 10.00am

Birmingham City Council
10 Woodcock Street
Birmingham, B7 4BG
7.00am - 10.00am

Birmingham City Council House Extension
Margaret Street
Birmingham, B3 3BU
7.00 - 10.00am

Birmingham City Council 
Council House
Victoria Square
Birmingham, B1 1BB
7.00am - 10.00am 

Birmingham City Council Fleet and Waste
Holford Drive
Perry Barr
Birmingham, B42 2TU

Birmingham City Council Fleet & Waste
Lifford Lane
Kings Norton
Birmingham, B30 3JJ

Birmingham City Council Fleet & Waste
Montaque Street
Birmingham, B9 4BA

Birmingham City Council, Saltley Community Leisure Centre
120 Broadway Avenue
Bordesley Green
Birmingham, B9 5YD
8.00am - 10.00am

Birmingham City Council, Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre
Alcester Road South
Kings Heath
Birmingham, B14 6ER
8.00am - 10.00am 

Warwickshire County Council
Shire Hall
Warwick, CV34 4RL

Etone Academy
Leiccester Road
Nuneaton, CV11 6AA

North Warwickshire Borough Council 
Council House
South Street
Atherstone, CV9 1DE

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
Town Hall
Coton Hall
Nuneaton, CV 11 5AA

Solihull Council
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull, B91 3QB

Cannock Chase District Council
Civic Suite
Beecroft Road, Ws11 1BG

GMB National Secretary, Brian Strutton, said "GMB members have spoken loud and clear. They want a decent pay rise.  

We have tried sensible discussions, we've sought to negotiate reasonably, we've said we are willing to accept ACAS arbitration rather than go on strike - but to everything we've tried the employers have said "no". So we have no choice.  

GMB members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins, looking after the elderly, helping children in classrooms and in all the other vital roles serving our communities are fed up with being ignored and undervalued.  

Their pay has gone up only 1% since 2010 and in October even the national minimum wage will overtake local authority pay scales. Their case is reasonable, the employers won't listen and don't care, no wonder they have turned to strike action as the only way of making their voices heard. With other unions involved too, the 10 July looks like being the second biggest dispute ever with up to 2 million workers on strike." 

Pauline Hinks, GMB Senior Organiser said “With all the cuts to Local Government our members are expected to do twice the work for 20% less pay in real terms. The fact that GMB members voted to take action demonstrates they are just not prepared to take anymore.” 

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Contact: Pauline Hinks, GMB Senior Organiser on 07809 617761, Birmingham: Gillian Whittaker, GMB Organiser on 07850 768351, Warwickshire: Stuart Richards, GMB Organiser on 07957 265774 Stoke: Colin Griffiths, GMB Organiser on 07957 264612, Samantha Jones, GMB Media Administrator on 07939 874272.

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