So that was 2017. Again it was another year of struggle for so many BCC employees. Not only had they to deal with a paltry 1% pay rise but a rise in inflation to 3%. The cost of living rises and yet the lowest grades got nothing much.
In 2018 Unison has been offered a better than 1% deal, which although it won't make up for the dreadful losses in pay in real terms, will be some compensation.
The biggest news in one respect was the victory of the Binmen. Some of these were Unison members and some came from other unions. What it did prove was that the public on the whole didn't fall for BCCs demonisation of the workers which chief executives and high up managers wanted to work. For once the Courts were on the side of the workers and BCC got their come uppance in Court, with some tough words for them from the judge.
Clancy fell on his sword over the promise debacle and the obvious power struggle continued behind the scenes. We now have Ian Ward in charge, so whether that's a good or bad thing remains to be seen.
So another round of cuts awaits in 2018 and until the national government changes it is sadly going to carry on. However, council elections loom soon and it remains to be seen whether Birmingham voters will elect a bunch of councillors who will do their best to resist the cuts and value their workers , or not.
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