Union suspends council funding
THE city's biggest trade union is to withdraw its funding for Labour in protest over cuts to workers' pay.
Unison members in Stoke-on-Trent have ordered regional bosses to stop supporting the city's Labour party in an unprecedented bid to force a U-turn on £2 million cuts to staff terms and conditions.
It comes after senior Labour councillor Andy Lilley yesterday quit the party over his refusal to support the cuts.
The Sentinel has learned that a further six councillors in the city's ruling Labour group – about one-third of its backbenchers – are part of a growing rebellion against cuts which are set to hit hundreds of the authority's lowest paid workers.
Unison pays £1,500 grants to constituency groups and also helps with leafleting during elections.
Unison branch secretary Clive Rushton said: "The Labour party was born out of the trade union movement and is there to represent the working man. It is now attacking the working man."
Cuts to contractual rights including allowances for working nights and weekends, will see low paid workers like social carers lose up to £6,500 a year.