UNISON ballot members over ‘insulting’ council pay offer


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UNISON ballot members over ‘insulting’ council pay offer

Around 100,000 council workers will be asked if they want to accept or reject the 2.75% pay offer.

UNISON have sent electronic ballots to members over the pay offer, described as ‘unrealistic and insulting’.
It is warning members that the offer amounts to just £1.83 a day.

Head of local government at UNISON, Jon Richards, said: ‘The LGA say they’d like to give council staff more but it’s all cash-strapped local authorities can afford.

‘Although an increase on its previous offer of 2%, it still falls well short of what’s both needed and deserved. Staff running key local services are amongst the lowest paid workers in the country and have seen their pay drop substantially in recent years.’

A pay offer of £1.83 a day is a totally unrealistic and insulting offer, especially given the current crisis where it is our frontline local authority workers who have protected our communities and vital services, caring for our young and our vulnerable elderly, collecting our rubbish, cleaning our streets, and working in our crematoria to ensure dignity for those who have, sadly, fallen victim to Covid-19.

IN SUPPORT – we have received notification from Norma Redfearn our Elected Mayor, who has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer giving her support, stating…………….
‘I am writing to you in support of the NJC Trade Unions who last month wrote to you, asking you to support a fully funded, proper pay rise for Local Government workers and to recognise their invaluable efforts in the fight against Covid-19.  Our Local Government workers have been on the frontline of this crisis and they have inspired me beyond belief, often in harm’s way to ensure critical local services can continue.  Our care staff have gone above and beyond to ensure our residents get the care they deserve both in care homes and in the community, despite the very challenging conditions in the sector.

 

Our workers have been at the brunt of public sector pay freezes which in real terms is a cut since 2010 and while here in North Tyneside we have ensured our lowest-paid workers are being paid a Living Wage beyond what the Government’s Living Wage is.  The Trade Unions rightly recognise that councils have faced some of the biggest funding reductions in the public sector so we cannot afford to do this alone, the Government need to fully fund this rise.

 

Now is the time to show we appreciate them fully.  I fully support the NJC position that Treasury should provide councils with direct funding to allow a fair pay increase for our Local Government heroes.’