Councillor supports Kier workers over salary dispute
News / Sun 4th Aug 2013 pm31 01:29pm
A HARLOW councillor joined members of Harlow Trades Council (HTC) to picket the Mead Park depot of Kier Harlow in their dispute with Kier Services over a dispute over alleged delays to salary payments.
Councillor Waida Forman, a Unison branch secretary, joined the picket line with a fellow Unison steward.
An HTC spokesperson said: “The dispute has been triggered by Kier Services, just as the school holiday period is under way, with parents amongst the workforce now facing the prospect of running out of money mid-month and then having to wait 2 more weeks for their pay.
“Some workers pay their council rent and council tax through their salaries, so a two week delay in payment by Kier Services could increase the arrears faced by Harlow council, not to mention an increased load on enquiry staff at the Civic Centre.”
“We are already concerned that a Labour controlled council has a near 20% stake in a firm associated with the blacklisting scandal, but more so at the public silence of the Labour Group on this pay issue.”