Apr 26 2012 By Michael Russell
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TRADE unions have vowed to fight town hall plans to make staff work longer for less pay.
The council announced proposals on Tuesday to cut wages, increase the working week by one hour and reduce holiday by a day for all of its staff not based at schools. About 3,500 employees will be affected, half of whom live in the borough.
Mary Lancaster, branch secretary of Ealing Unison, said: "There have been no pay rises for three years and were not expecting one for at least two more. Theyve already cut 400 posts in Ealing and there are a lot more redundancies to come.
Teams are smaller but the level of service needs to be the same. Ealing Council is one of the best performing in London which is about having good quality, loyal staff."
A council spokeswoman said the changes are needed as the local authority is still £5million short of the £85million savings required.
She said: "The proposals would save almost £1.5million from our £130million salary costs. Together, the proposals are intended to protect services to local people and minimise compulsory redundancies.
"These are initial formal proposals. The council wishes to negotiate with the trade unions in good faith to achieve agreement."