Loo seat delivered to Sheffield Town Hall by striking staff

Toilet seat protest ......Marcus Hobson and council craftsmen deliver a toilet seat at the Town Hall in protest over a wagews dispute...
Toilet seat protest ......Marcus Hobson and council craftsmen deliver a toilet seat at the Town Hall in protest over a wagews dispute...
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ALMOST 100 striking staff came up with an unusual way of making their point to Sheffield Council bosses.

The craftsmen are protesting after being left out of a review of pay and grading across the authority which has seen other workers’ wages rise.

Some unskilled labourers now earn as much as £4,000 a year more than the craftsmen, who have undertaken college courses and apprenticeships to learn their jobs.

During their one-day walkout, the members of GMB and Unite trade unions headed up to the Town Hall with the usual flags - and a toilet seat.

Mark Keeling, convenor for the Unite union, said: “We chose to hand in the toilet seat to let council officials know just how the workers feel about the issue. They really are getting a bum deal.”

Sheffield Council said the craftsmen were left out of the pay review because their unions decline to participate.