Laura Sharman 16 April 2020

Council workers offered a 2.75% pay rise

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Trade unions have been urged to accept a 2.75% pay increase for council staff.

The National Employers have also offered council employees an extra day's annual leave, taking the minimum entitlement to 22 days per year.

The original offer of 2% was rejected by the trade unions, who branded the figure 'deeply disappointing'. They have been campaigning for a 10% pay increase.

The National Employers are calling on unions to accept this 'final' offer and said it would increase the national pay bill by £500.73m.

However, Unite have called the offer 'totally unrealistic', especially in light of the extra work being done by frontline local government workers to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Unite national officer for local government, Jim Kennedy, said: 'We know the public are appreciative and supportive of our frontline council workforce. Unfortunately, the local government employers are not mirroring public opinion with this low offer, seemingly oblivious to their many years of cynically undervaluing some of the public sector’s lowest paid workers.'

In a nutshell: the 2020-21 local government pay claim

One year on, councils will be central to recovery image

One year on, councils will be central to recovery

After an extraordinary year, council staff are exhausted, worn down and facing further cuts, says Heather Jameson. But she has no doubt they will continue to rise to the challenge 'whether it is in an office, at home or on a laptop anywhere'.
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