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Cambridgeshire County Council workers protest against plans take unpaid leave over Christmas

CAMBRIDGESHIRE County Council workers rallied today against bosses’ plans to make them take three days’ unpaid leave over Christmas.

Staff and supporters protested outside the council’s Shire Hall headquarters in Cambridge wearing a Scrooge outfit and Santa hats to condemn the plan, which they said equates to a 1.2 per cent pay cut.

Unison branch secretary Rob Turner said: “Staff are rightly angry that their Scrooge bosses want to snatch their pay this Christmas.

“These workers should be thinking about how to enjoy their first Christmas in post-austerity Britain – if Theresa May and Philip Hammond are to be believed – but instead they’re facing a 1.2 per cent cut to their salary after a decade of struggling to keep services going amid ever-tightening budgets and frozen salaries.

“The council must get the message and not force its workers to pay the price for its own financial failings.”

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