Shame on Labour's betrayal
AS a school worker, I have read Swansea Council's response to Unison's anger at the forced changes to contracts of employment and can state simply why Unison is right to speak out for its members.
With great fanfare the council's leading Labour politicians announced that the council would be introducing the Living Wage of £7.45 per hour. As we have not had a pay rise for three years this was warmly received and meant, as a 15 hours per week employee with holiday pay and retainer pay of six weeks half pay paid during school holidays, my yearly salary would have been £5,475.75. This is not a soccer player's salary, but was a reward for a job I love.
As a Unison member I received a ballot paper and intended to vote yes to accept the package buy my union advised me that the employer had recently revealed that I was among some 2200 employees who were to have their retainer pay stopped and instead of receiving the yearly pay as above, my promised earnings were to be cut, meaning that my promised pay was to be cut by £335.25 per year to £5,140.50. This may not be a lot to some but this is massive amount to me so I voted to reject the proposals. The council has never told us clearly that the retainer payment was to cease until challenged by my union, at least Unison told us the truth.
In regards to the Labour councillors, I have voted Labour since I could vote, like all my family. I now feel deeply betrayed that they could give me a Living Wage with one hand and steal this off me with the other and would say shame on you. I am sure the other 2,000 school employees in Swansea Council being treated the same feel likewise.
Mrs M Evan