The Local Labour Group has today launched an online petition in support of its council motion to show solidarity with public sector workers. The council motion, which will come to a vote on the 19th October, calls for the city leaders to ‘limit any future increases to Members’ allowances’ pegging any increase to “the level of the public sector pay award or [the rate of] inflation, whichever is lower.’
Last week the plan drew support from Rosie Duffield MP who highlighted the “greed of Kent County Councillors in awarding themselves a 15% pay rise earlier this year” at a time when the Paul Carter, Conservative Leader for KCC, has also been calling for more money.
Leader of the Labour Group Alan Baldock said “this campaign is about fairness. We are not saying the Canterbury City Council is going to hike councillor allowances but we want to be sure they can’t when teachers, nurses and police officers who serve us everyday are being frozen out. I got into politics to make principled stances on issues that matter to hard working people, I am sure that even the Conservatives on the council, can’t oppose this”.
The petition which went live yesterday has quickly gathered over 200 signatures with street stalls planned for the weekend. Click here to sign