The Leader of the Labour Group on Dudley Council has called on the Council to reward the hard work and commitment of the Council’s key workers by reversing austerity era cuts to terms and conditions, called mandatory unpaid leave. 

The £1.1 million cost of reversing mandatory unpaid leave would be funded from the Council’s improving Council Tax revenues and reserves. 

Councillor Qadar Zada, Dudley Labour Group Leader, said “Council workers are key workers, providing essential frontline services to the public such as our carers, our refuse collectors, Repairs workers, Highways workers, street cleansers, Green care workers - the list goes on and on.

“I am so proud of all our workers who have contributed to providing services and saving lives during the ongoing Coronavirus emergency. 

“I am calling on the Leader of the Council, Councillor Harley, to reverse the austerity era mandatory unpaid leave that was introduced during the period when the Government cut Dudley’s funding by nearly £100 million. 

“What better way to reward our workers, who have risked their own health by continuing to turn up to work during the Coronavirus emergency, than to reinstate fully their paid leave entitlement? Not only should we thank them for their hard work we should put this money back into their pay as well. 

“I’m calling on the Conservatives to introduce this as a bi-partisan, cross Party show of support to our Council key workers, but if the Conservatives won’t do this, then Labour will if we retake control of the Council following the local elections next May.”

Best Wishes


Cllr Qadar Zada
Leader of the Labour Group
Councillor - Netherton, Woodside & St. Andrew's
Dudley MBC

Jun 8, 2020