Unions reject ‘deeply disappointing’ pay offer for council workers

Support us and go ad-free

Unions representing more than one million local government workers have rejected a 2% pay offer from employers, describing it as “deeply disappointing”.

Three unions submitted a claim last year for the lowest rate for council staff to be raised to £10 an hour for its members in England, Wales and the north of Ireland, and by 10% for other workers.

Officials called on employers to come up with a better offer so that talks can continue.

The settlement covers workers ranging from teaching assistants, social workers and librarians to park keepers and refuse collectors.

Unison’s head of local government Jon Richards said:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Council staff run vital local services at the heart of communities across the three nations.

They’ve done this through thick and thin as cuts and redundancies have made their jobs ever more challenging.

Today’s offer is more than disappointing.

He added:

It’s high time teaching assistants, care workers, librarians and park keepers were rewarded for their sterling efforts during the difficult decade of austerity.

The Chancellor must give councils the cash in the Budget to fund a proper pay rise.

Otherwise experienced staff will be lost as they seek better paid work elsewhere and there’ll be barely anyone left to deliver local services.

GMB national officer Rehana Azam said:

This offer does nothing to address the decade of savage cuts our members have suffered – their wages have been devalued by 22% over the past 10 years.

This is Johnson’s first test on how his Government will treat public-sector workers and the offer tabled today is woefully short of a proper decent wage.

We demand a proper negotiation, in good faith, that restores public-sector workers’ confidence that Johnson and his new MPs – many who represent public-sector workers – value the vital services they provide…

soundbites are worthless unless words are followed by deeds.

Unite national officer Ian Woodland said:

The local government pay offer is deeply disappointing, it does not begin to address the aspirations of our members.

Following a decade of austerity, during which their pay in real terms has been slashed, local government members will not accept an offer which makes them poorer in real terms.

Local government unions are now seeking a fresh meeting to allow employers to table a dramatically improved offer.

The employers’ offer does not apply to council chief executives, senior officers, teachers or firefighters, who are covered by separate national pay arrangements.

Support us and go ad-free

Do your bit for independent journalism

Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.

We need you to help out, if you can.

When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.

You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.

In return you get:

  • Advert free reading experience
  • Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
  • 20% discount from our shop

 

The Canary Fund us