Bromley trade unions at war with 'nasty little Tories'
UNIONS are at war with the council’s ‘nasty little Tories’ over plans to change pay and conditions for staff.
A summer of protest is planned as Unite fights against Bromley Council’s plan to withdraw from national and regional collective bargaining agreements.
Instead the council wants to negotiate solely on a local level.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab says the plan includes cutting pay for some staff and rewarding high performing staff with vouchers.
Mr Kasab said: “They talk about rewarding people for good performance but they cannot even pay them money for that, it’s going to be vouchers.
“If people aren’t performing there are capability processes for that, you should not attack their standard of living [by cutting pay].”
As a response to this, Unite is planning to join together with the other unions represented at Bromley Council, Unison and GMB, and make their voices heard.
It started this with a petition signed by just under 700 workers and a protest where around 130 members lobbied councillors over the plan.
And it is planning to target other meetings and also turn up to protest at the surgeries of the councillors in the executive committee.
Mr Kasab added: “So nasty are these Tories that they thank those who do their bidding by threatening to privatise them.
“Are we expected to doff our caps and curtsey while they rob workers wages?
“This is a warning from Unite - we will fight these nasty little Tories and defend our members."
Bromley Council leader Councillor Stephen Carr said: “We believe the time is right to move into a more flexible local arrangement in a way the national framework does not often encourage.
“We believe local control will give greater emphasis to local circumstances and improve the council’s ability to recruit and retain the right staff, and reward committed, hard working, exceptional performers through challenging times.
“Our staff will not see a reduction in their current terms and conditions and we will seek to realign our pay award arrangements with the council annual budget planning processes.”
And he says the council is exploring a number of options for a reward system.