A NATIONAL campaign for better pay for local government workers came to Bexleyheath.

As part of a day of demonstrations held by national unions the GMB, Unison and Unite, around 15 protesters gathered outside the Bexley Council Civic Centre.

The unions are demanding a minimum increase of £1 an hour for local government workers who are among the lowest paid in the public sector.

National employers are meeting with the unions on February 13 to discuss the wage claim. Speaking after the protest in the Broadway on February 4, GMB regional organiser Clive Smith said: "There are a lot of low paid workers in local government.

"The problems are for anybody living in London particularly are the high cost of living – I am in the rental market myself and I know rental values are very high indeed.

"We have not made pay a big issue over the last three years because of the state of the economy but now workers realise they are being left behind."