Demo outside County Hall

UNION members are staging a protest outside Wiltshire Council’s headquarters today against contractors alleged to have “ripped up employees’ rights and thrown them in the bin”.

The GMB is angry that Balfour Beatty Living Places, which has a £25million contract to fix the county’s potholes, clean the streets and cut the grass verges, will not recognise the collective bargaining rights that its members previously enjoyed when they were employed directly by the council.

A meeting of the full council starting in Trowbridge this morning is due to consider a proposal by independent councillor Jeff Osborn that in future, Wiltshire should only enter into contracts with companies that make “a clear and public commitment” to recognise union rights.

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6:32pm Tue 13 May 14

karlmarx says...

THE UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Article 23


(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.


I suggest Wiltshire Council and its contractors read up on how to be civilised before making decisions regarding their employees lives. No wonder this government want to leave Europe, the rights of protection it offers to people is getting in the way of this governments plan to return us to the stone age.
THE UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 23 (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests. I suggest Wiltshire Council and its contractors read up on how to be civilised before making decisions regarding their employees lives. No wonder this government want to leave Europe, the rights of protection it offers to people is getting in the way of this governments plan to return us to the stone age. karlmarx
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8:55pm Tue 13 May 14

Grampie says...

Since when did Conservatives care about workers rights. Our own MP voted in favour of abolishing the Agricultural Wages Board. Hereis a head of a pin. Please write down everything Conservative governments have ever done to improve the rights of working people.
Since when did Conservatives care about workers rights. Our own MP voted in favour of abolishing the Agricultural Wages Board. Hereis a head of a pin. Please write down everything Conservative governments have ever done to improve the rights of working people. Grampie
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9:51am Wed 14 May 14

gingin says...

It's all about the cheapest option with Wiltshire Council regardless of workers rights or even if the new company can do the job to the required standard.
It's all about the cheapest option with Wiltshire Council regardless of workers rights or even if the new company can do the job to the required standard. gingin
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