Harrow strike for fair pay condemned by Tory opposition

Like at many other places, Harrow strike, a part of a co-ordinated day of action by public service unions, has been well noted.
People in Harrow value local public services and they don’t want to see those that provide them struggling to make ends meet to feed and clothe their families.
Harrow’s position matches a new poll that reveals widespread support across the generations for today’s strike by public servants because the public sector workers have lost out to the estimated tune of £2,245 since the coalition came to power in 2010.
In a wide-ranging report into public sector pay increases under the Coalition, the TUC found:

  • A refuse collector on the top of his pay scale would have been earning £16,440 in 2010 and is now on £16,770, an actual increase of just £330. If pay rises were kept in line with inflation, bin men would have an extra £2,950
  • Nursery assistants earning the maximum they are entitled to would be on £18,824 in 2010, and would have seen a pay rise of £371 under the Coalition. In real terms they should now be earning £22,134
  • A residential warden in sheltered accommodation, who has also reached the top of her pay scale would be on £27,052, back in 2010. They now earn £27,596, an increase of £544 over the last four years
As expected the Harrow Tory opposition group which has been defeated four times (two council and two by-elections) since 2010 under Cllr Hall’s leadership, has condemned the strike saying that “The only thing this strike will achieve is the disruption of services that Harrow residents expect” and “Chaos reigns because of strikes”.
Such negative statements by the leader of the opposition makes one wonder whether Cllr Hall really values our public services or understands their place in the lives of the Harrow people.