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Council Workers Strike

Local Authority workers are out on strike and HM Coastguard are working to rule until the 18th July and who can blame them? The only thing that surprises me is that it has taken them so long to do it.

Consistently paid at low rates they have seen their earnings fall ever further behind private sector employees. Now faced with ever increasing costs of living notably of course, food and fuel not mention that they also pay Council Tax like the rest of us, which rise inexorably as central government expects more to be done for less. They also must see CEOs on salaries equal to that of the Prime Minister together with a car and fuel allowance.

The Coast Guard is particularly dear to my heart and do a fantastic, professional job 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, always on hand to save lives at sea and around the coastline. Their salary is around £14000 and therefore not much different I would think, to unemployment benefit.

All these people work for us, the public, we are their employers and as such we have a responsibility to treat them fairly. The very least we can do is support them in anyway that we can and let our MPs know how we feel.


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