UNISON to ballot members over ‘insulting’ council pay offer

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UNISON to 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.

Unions will ballot its 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.



Due to Coronavirus-
your consultative ballot paper will need to be sent to you by email, so please ensure that we have your personal email address on our system, and that you’ve ticked the box to state we can contact you this way (we can’t just do that automatically).

You can send this instruction to unison@northtyneside.gov.uk.  Or logon to your UNISON membership record at myunison.org.uk.