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Council employees protest contract changes at Newham Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 16:33 31 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:22 31 January 2017

Members of trade unions and residents groups outside Newham Town Hall, East Ham

Members of trade unions and residents groups outside Newham Town Hall, East Ham

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Unite members protesting changes to council workers’ contracts lobbied councillors arriving at a full council meeting last night.

The objectors, who stood outside Newham Town Hall in East Ham, were there to oppose £1.8 million in cuts faced by some employees in relation to their overtime pay, night work rates and maternity pay.

Don Ford, grant secretary for Newham Unite, said they would be hitting “the most vulnerable of the people on the lowest salaries”. He said: “Some of these people are on the breadline.”

Members of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) were also present, as were members of residents group Newham Save Our NHS.

A Newham Council spokeswoman said: “Basic pay and grading are not affected by the changes. There are no job losses as a result of the changes to terms and conditions.”


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