7:27 am, Fri 14 Dec 2012
Trade Unions: Nottingham City Council workers' protest
Trade Union members claim that "unprecedented levels of poverty are emerging amongst staff working for Nottingham City Council."
They claim that many council workers fear they will be forced to resort to using local food banks following steep rises in the price of gas, electricity and food.
They say that staff who have to use a car for their job are not able to afford the petrol to fill it up.
7:23 am, Fri 14 Dec 2012
Council statement on workers' protest
Workers at Nottingham City Council are protesting today over a freeze in their wages.
The council leader explains that the local authority has had a reduction in its budget of £27 million this year and a further £23 million next year.
"Maintaining services and protecting jobs has to be our top priority. The freeze in incremental pay rises has saved 150 jobs since 2011. Continuing it next year would help protect upwards of 100 jobs.
"We're taking steps towards implementing the Living Wage to support the lowest paid staff and will be discussing this further with the trade unions."
– Jon Collins, City Council Leader, Councillor
7:17 am, Fri 14 Dec 2012
Nottingham City Council workers protest
Nottingham City Council House
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Workers at Nottingham City Council are protesting against a freeze in their wages today. Unions claim the lowest paid staff are struggling to have a basic standard of living. The council says the freeze has secured 150 jobs since 2011.