Major tourist attractions like Tower Bridge could be disrupted as City of London Corporation workers prepare to strike against their “extremely wealthy” employer.
The City of London Corporation, the municipal authority for historic central London, employs 1000 GMB union members as guides, parking attendants, technicians and more.
But strike chaos beckons after 83 per cent of members voted to reject the corporation’s “non-negotiable” 3 per cent salary offer plus a £1,000 winter fuel payment. They are waiting for an inflation-compliant increase.
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GMB London region organizer Anna Lee said: “The company continues to host lavish dinners and events while these low paid workers struggle to meet living expenses and bills.
“The company could choose to fund a real pay raise but they prefer to spend it on banquets for the bankers – this is unacceptable to our members so we will now move to a vote on industrial action.”
Though the company often acts like a local authority, responsible for garbage collection, childcare and other community obligations, it also operates many of the capital’s top tourist attractions.
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GMB Union has warned other tourist attractions such as the Barbican and Hampstead Heath are likely to be affected as well.
A GMB member employed by the corporation said: “City of London salaries are struggling to compete even with what the national local government is offering. It is a disgrace for such a respected and wealthy organization.”
GMB London has said if the company doesn’t return to the negotiating table it faces a strike.
The GMB union represents 500,000 members working in almost every industry sector including retail, security, schools, distribution, utilities, social care, local government and the NHS.
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