Laura Sharman 29 September 2014

Council leaders ‘disappointed’ by rejection of new pay deal

An offer to give council staff a 2.2% pay increase in a bid to avoid further strike action has been rejected, according to council bosses.

In a letter sent to chief executives, the Local Government Association said it had offered a ‘long-term’ pay deal to run until 31 March 2016, which included a 2.2% pay increase and a new minimum hourly rate of £7 per hour.

However, the deal was on the provision of trade unions calling off the strike planned for 14 October. The LGA said the deal had been rejected by Unison who refused to call off the strike and put the new proposal out to its wider membership.

In the letter, the LGA’s head of workforce, Sarah Messenger, said she was ‘extremely disappointed’ by Unison’s decision as GMB and Unite would have called off industrial action and put the offer to their members had Unison not rejected the proposal.

She wrote: ‘This situation is enormously frustrating and highlights the failure of Unison’s national leadership and activists to approach national negotiations in a strategic way with a view to the medium and longer-term.

‘They have, we believe, done a great disservice to the overwhelming majority of their ordinary members by not allowing them to make up their own minds on the details of the revised pay proposal and consult their memberships.’

Ms Messenger said the closeness of the national minimum wage to the bottom pay point in local government did not ‘sit easily’ with council bosses, who ‘have tried to think imaginatively about the shape of this proposal’.

But she said there was difficulty striking a fair balance between doing the right thing by staff and not making councils’ financial positions worse at a time of unprecedented pressures on the sector’s finances.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Waste Collector/Relief Driver

Ashfield District Council
£23,500 - £23,893 per annum,
Are you passionate about keeping communities clean and environmentally friendly? Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Ashfield District Council

Part Time Maths Tutors

Essex County Council
£24970 - £29377 per annum + pro rata
Part Time Maths TutorsPermanent, Part TimeUp to £29,377 per annum, pro rataLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Housing Income Officer

Mansfield District Council
£26,421 - £31,364 per annum (pay award pending)
Looking for a role that makes a difference to people’s lives? Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Mansfield District Council

Fostering Social Worker - Maternity Cover

Cumberland Council
£40,221 - £41,418 per annum
Are you an experienced and hard-working Social Worker looking to develop your career? Carlisle, Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumberland Council

Business Support to CWD SEND Inclusion CMB1025e

Cumberland Council
£26,421 - £27,334 (pro rata) per annum
We are looking to recruit an experienced, self-motivated and flexible Business Support Administrator Workington, Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumberland Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.