GMB votes to accept 1% pay offer
The 1% pay offer to local government staff has been accepted by GMB members.
The deal will affect 1.5 million council workers, and will also provide a 1.4% rise to staff on the lowest pay scale to bring them above national minimum wage.
Brian Strutton, GMB national secretary said: ‘I'm pleased that we have managed to break the pay freeze that had been imposed for three years. But there is still a long way to go to restore living standards for front line council staff that clean our streets, empty our bins, look after our children in schools and nurseries, our elderly at home and in care homes, and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.
‘So I call on every local authority to budget for a decent pay rise in 2014 and show some respect for their hard working staff.’
In a secret postal ballot, 91.2% GMB members voted to accept the deal.
We can afford billions on overseas wars, Trident replacement, subsidising council house sales and and the not poor to buy into the housing market etc etc. The point is that cutting the public sector has not diminished the deficit but any growth this year will.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Monday, 15 July 2013 10:33 AM
Forget all this ill-informed bigotted nonsense, look at facts. Private sector incomes are growing faster than in the demonised public sector (ref ONS data). Yes, as a country in the medium term, tax revenues have to equal or exceed expenditure, but... in the medium to long term market forces will bear down. Public sector employers will struggle to retain and recruit. It is already happening in several sectors of the public sector. Would you work in the public sector? Doesn't interest me.GARIN LINNINGTON, Added: Thursday, 11 July 2013 07:47 PM
Or, Dewar, we could have another look at the estimated ?12 trillion in tax havens? No, blow that, let's cut services and worker's rights and benefits. Much more sensible. Because, of course, these aren't tax dodgers at all, they're 'wealth creators'.R Owen, Added: Monday, 8 July 2013 09:54 AM
We are still in cloud cuckoo land, we cannot afford large parts of the Public Sector, so why make it worse. - One day they will wake up & smell the coffeeJ Smith, Added: Sunday, 7 July 2013 11:31 PM
Accordingly to a recent radio programme we spend ?120billion/year more than we get in tax revenue. You don't need to be a brain surgeon to recognise something has to change. Since the private sector have generally had a salary cut since 2008, why must salaries of the public sector (PS) increase to avert industrial action. We need to act responsibly & if the PS don't buy into that, then is there any point in continuing. Making their pension self financing would save ?35 billion per year.Michael Dewar, Added: Sunday, 7 July 2013 11:43 AM
Accepting a settlement well below inflation tells you just how weak unions are in the current job market. The DWP will find there are more demands on its budget to provide in work benefits even though their value has been reduced.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Friday, 5 July 2013 04:35 PM
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