Amicus-AEEU

Amicus-AEEU

November 03, 2006 11:31 ET

Amicus Condemns Birmingham City Council

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 3, 2006) - Amicus, union will today condemn Birmingham City council for refusing to agree a joint statement regarding grossly inaccurate press stories regarding two council employees who are also Amicus representatives.

The union is furious that personal and confidential details relating to the employees have been leaked and misrepresented. The union is considering bringing a claim against the council for victimisation of union representatives for carrying out their trade union activities, on behalf of the two Amicus representatives. The union is calling for an inquiry to identify the source of the leak and the misrepresentation of the facts.

Furthermore, the union is gravely concerned that there may have been breaches of the data protection act and a failing in the councils duty of care for employees.

The information appearing in the media to date has been grossly inaccurate. The union had asked the council to issue a joint statement to set the record straight and put an end to the victimisation our members have had to endure, including physical threats.

Amicus strongly suspects that these members have been singled out, they successfully campaigned to keep Birmingham public works under public control.

Pay rates for electrical engineers in local authorities are regularly market tested and those in Birmingham city council, as in every other council receive similar pay rates to skilled workers in the private sector. Fewer and fewer electricians are being recruited in the public sector and there are growing demands for public sector employees to work longer hours.

Many have to work between 50 and 70 hours a week to keep the lights on in Birmingham and other cities across the UK. When on call out they are expected to be ready to repair traffic lights 24/7.

Amicus National Officer for Local Authorities, John Allot says,

In the coming months our members will be working round the clock to keep the lights on and to get the decorations up for Christmas.

The rates of pay for electricians working in the public sector are directly comparable to the rates of pay in the private sector. There are fewer and fewer electricians being recruited in the public sector and there are growing demands for public sector employees to work longer hours. Many work between 50 and 70 hours a week to keep the lights on in Birmingham and other cities across the UK.

"It doesn't take a bright spark to figure out that there is someone out there with an agenda. It is no secret that our members who've been attacked in the press have been at the forefront of the campaign to keep Birmingham City councils' electrical engineering out of the private sector. "

Amicus Assistant General Secretary Gail Cartmail Says,

"This is an attack on the whole of the public sector. The Government are rushing headlong into privatisation. The stakes are high and innocent people are being hurt as a result. "

Contact Information

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