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Future of four-day week in limbo


South Cambridgeshire councillors have been advised to continue the authority’s four-day week trial until the Government offers more detail on plans to ‘disincentivise’ the practice.

Chiefs: Sector can afford senior pay hike


Council chiefs have insisted their pay settlement must match the award for local government staff after years in which senior wage rises have fallen behind.

Rayner floats three-year pay deal


An incoming Labour Government could throw its weight behind a longer-term pay deal for the sector to avoid the embarrassment of strikes, well-placed sources have suggested.

Birmingham councillors back 18% pay rise delay


Councillors at cash-strapped Birmingham City Council have voted to delay pay increases for members.

Council set to halve sick pay


Southend Council is planning to halve the amount of sick pay given to staff in a move Unison has described as ‘callous’.

Fitness instructors flex muscles in pay dispute


Council-employed yoga, aerobics and Pilates instructors in Colchester are voting on strike action after nearly a decade without a pay rise, says Unison.

Council denied injunction to stop bin strikes


Warrington Borough Council has lost a High Court bid to stop its refuse workers going out on strike.

Unions plan for January pay claim


Local government trade unions are aiming to submit their next one-year pay claim in January, The MJ understands.

Unison members accept ‘long overdue’ pay offer


Council chiefs in Scotland have welcomed a decision by Unison members to accept the latest offer in a long running pay dispute.

New offer in pay dispute


More money has been offered in the hope of averting strike action by Scottish Unison members.

South Cambs issued Best Value notice over four-day week


The Government has issued a non-statutory Best Value notice to South Cambridgeshire District Council ‘following concerns about its trial of a four-day working week’.

Council chiefs to receive 3.5% pay increase


Local authority chief executives will receive a 3.5% salary increase backdated to the beginning of April after agreement was reached on this year’s pay award.

School staff strike amid pay dispute


Schools in parts of Scotland were closed on Wednesday as non-teaching staff went on strike in an ongoing dispute over local government pay.

Four-day week trial continues despite DLUHC guidance


South Cambridgeshire will continue its four-day week trial after new government guidance said councils employing the practice should ‘cease immediately’.

DLUHC advises councils on four-day week


The Government has issued guidance for English councils on four-day weeks and said it is exploring other measures ‘to ensure the sector is clear’ that the practice should not be pursued.

Unison rejects Scotland’s 10% pay offer


Unison members in Scotland today rejected local government employers’ latest pay deal, which would have seen the lowest-paid staff receive a 10% wage boost.

Haringey housing staff to strike


Housing repair workers employed by Haringey Council will strike this winter in a dispute over pay.

Social care should be top of manifestos, forum says


Adult social care reform should be prioritised on the agendas of all political parties, the National Care Forum (NCF) has said.

EXCLUSIVE: Unions delay next steps discussion


Trade unions have agreed to reconvene to discuss their next steps on the ongoing pay dispute within days of GMB’s strike ballots closing, The MJ understands.

Unite and council reach deal to end waste strike


Waste service workers and street cleaners return to work today after negotiations between Tower Hamlets Council and the trade union Unite put an end to industrial action.

Unite suspends strike


The trade union Unite has suspended a planned three-day strike across education and local government in Scotland after receiving a ‘serious’ pay offer from employers.

Brighton settles 10-year equal pay issue


Brighton and Hove City Council will adjust bank holiday pay for more than 800 staff in response to calls from Unison.

Providers set out ‘pragmatic’ social care plan


A plan for adult social care with recommendations for the next Government has been put forward by Care England.

Care sector ‘stifling’ the economy, report says


Properly funded social care would power growth and unlock jobs, according to a report published today.

Nottinghamshire waste staff to strike


The GMB union has announced a week-long strike at waste recycling plants in Nottinghamshire.

Unions reject latest COSLA offer


The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has warned trade unions face a choice between ‘real cuts to jobs and services’ and increased pay.

Council expands four-day week trial after fresh call to end it


A 12-month four-day week trial at South Cambridgeshire District Council will expand next week, despite local government minister Lee Rowley again calling on the council to end it.

‘Cinderella’ care sector staff facing poverty


Most care workers are earning less than the real Living Wage and left ‘struggling to survive’, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned today.

Councils urged to check pay policies following tribunal


Councils could be at risk of breaking the law on pay to senior officers in the wake of Croydon LBC’s recent tribunal loss, employers have warned.

Employers reject fresh unions' pay bid


Local government employers have knocked back a bid from the unions for an improved pay offer, insisting it remains ‘full and final’.

School staff at 10 Scottish councils to strike


Local authority employees in schools and early years provisions across Scotland will strike for two days next month, GMB Scotland has announced.

‘Mass exodus’ claims at North Lincolnshire


North Lincolnshire Council is facing a ‘mass exodus’ of senior staff, opposition members have claimed.

Thousands of education workers vote to strike in Scotland


Thousands of workers in education and early years services across 10 local authority areas in Scotland have voted to go on strike.

Pay dispute to stretch into autumn


The local government pay dispute is destined to stretch into the autumn as trade union Unite warned ‘coordinated industrial action’ was ‘inevitable’.

Northumberland exit payments were unlawful


Six severance payments totalling more than £1m made by Northumberland Council to senior officers were unlawful, the council’s section 151 officer has concluded.

Public sector pay increases do not add to inflation, think tank says


Increasing pay for public sector workers by 10% would not add much to inflation, according to a new report by the think tank IPPR.

‘Woefully out of date’ mileage rates costing workers thousands


Public sector staff are being left thousands of pounds out of pocket because ministers have failed to update national mileage rates, according to UNISON.

Harlow DC reaches pay deal with 300 housing staff


Over 300 staff responsible for Harlow District Council’s housing stock have ended strike action after a pay deal was reached.

Care providers accused of breaching minimum wage laws


Unison has accused care staff employers of effectively breaching minimum wage laws by failing to pay workers when they travel between home visits.

Council chiefs call for pay ‘clarity’


Local authority leaders have called for ‘clarity’ on pay increases for staff working in non-NHS provided services will be fully funded.

Case for better pay ‘clear cut’, union says


The case for better pay in local government is ‘compelling and clear cut’, according to Unison general secretary Christina McAnea.

Unite in summer strike warning


Trade union Unite has warned summer strike action will hit key events after talks with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) collapsed.

Chiefs reject pay offer


Senior officers have formally rejected the ‘full and final’ pay offer tabled by employers.

More than 360,000 frontline workers vote on pay strike


More than a third of a million council and school support staff in England and Wales have started voting on a possible strike over pay.

Tower Bridge could close due to pay strike


Several major London tourist attractions could be forced to close after members of the GMB union voted to strike.

'Widespread industrial action' warning


Unite has warned the Scottish Government and employers there ‘could be widespread industrial action’ without a ‘significant increase’ to the current pay offer.

Unions move closer to summer strike action


Unite members working for councils have rejected a pay offer from local government employers and the union will now ballot on strike action.

Council accused of ‘ripping workers off’


Strikes by more than 300 low paid staff at Harlow council will continue into next month because the council is ‘ripping workers off’, union says.

Number of council staff earning over £100k down post-pandemic


The number of council staff receiving more than £100,000 is nearly at 2,800, according to campaigners, which is down slightly from last year.

Watchdog staff start work to rule in pay dispute


Hundreds of staff at the Care Quality Commission were starting a work to rule today in a dispute over pay.

Staff propped up care system during pandemic, study finds


Many care home staff worked overtime without extra pay to prop up the system during the pandemic, according to a new study.

South Gloucestershire social workers announce pay strike


South Gloucestershire Council said it was committed to engaging with Unison after the union announced a strike by social workers and occupational therapists.

Unfunded NHS pay rises could lead to cuts, council chiefs warn


Local authorities might be forced to cut vital public health services if the proposed new NHS pay rises are not properly funded, council leaders warn.

Teacher vacancies nearly double


Vacancies for teachers have nearly doubled this year compared to before the COVID pandemic, according to the latest figures.

Camden first to publish pension gender gap


Female Camden LBC employees receive a quarter less from their pensions than male employees, according to first pension gender gap report by a council.

Local government pay offer amounts to 10% cut, union says


Unite has decided to recommend rejection of the local government pay offer arguing it amounts to a real terms pay cut, and warns of 'growing anger'.

Social care regulator staff vote for strike action


Staff at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have voted to take strike action over pay, their union has announced.

Grievance forces Scottish councils to increase pay for chiefs


Scottish councils have been forced to axe the pay cap on chief executives after a successful grievance was raised.

How local authorities can fight payments fraud


Ilija Ugrinic of software solutions provider Proactis looks at how councils can fight payments fraud.

Lowest paid council employees offered 9.42% pay bump


Council employees have been offered what the Local Government Association describes as a ‘full and final’ pay increase of at least £1,925 from 1 April 2023.

Councils benefit from Holyrood windfall


Scottish authorities are to receive an extra £100m funding in a last-minute addition to Holyrood’s Budget.

Pay spine review 'inevitable,' employers admit


A redesign of local government’s pay spine is ‘inevitable,’ employers have admitted privately.

Teaching unions’ rejection of pay offer ‘disappointing'


Local government leaders in Scotland have described the teaching unions’ rejection of their latest pay offer as ‘very disappointing’.

Scottish council leaders agree new teacher pay offer


Council leaders in Scotland have agreed on a new pay offer for teachers which it hopes will end the current industrial action.

Unions call for ‘inflation-busting’ 12.7% pay rise


Three public sector unions have submitted a pay claim that calls for an above inflation 12.7% pay rise for council employees and school staff.

Councillors split on solution to workforce crisis


The LGA’s executive advisory board considered a survey that found more than nine in 10 councils were experiencing staff recruitment difficulties.

EXCLUSIVE: Unions poised to submit inflation-busting pay claim


Local government trade unions are considering an inflation-busting pay demand for 2023-24, The MJ understands.

Unlawful under-payment of care workers ‘widespread’


Social care workers face unsafe working conditions and unlawfully low wages but still have high levels of job satisfaction, think tank finds.

Liverpool refuse collection workers prepare to strike


Members of the union Unite are set to undertake industrial action in a dispute with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd over pay.

Nottingham bids to close £11m budget gap


Nottingham City Council has introduced spending controls as the authority attempts to rein in an overspend of more than £11m.

Carers need 41% pay rise to equal NHS equivalents


Social care workers would need a 41% pay rise to achieve parity with their NHS equivalents, new research reveals.

School support staff forced to pay for pupils’ food


School support staff are paying for pupils’ food, skipping meals and taking on multiple jobs to survive, a union poll has revealed.

Council pay offer accepted by unions


Local government trade unions have accepted a pay offer that equates to a 10.5% increase for the lowest-paid workers.

Benefit cuts leave council welfare schemes ‘over-burdened’


Cuts to benefits have left local authority-administered discretionary welfare support funds ‘over-burdened’, think tank warns.

Call for new minimum wage to lift social care workers out of 'poverty pay'


Care and support workers should be paid at least £15 per hour to help tackle the cost of living crisis, a trade union has said today.

Warning council staff could strike again within weeks


Local government workers in Scotland could be back on strike within weeks, trade unions have warned.

Chief executives ‘exceptionally disappointed’ by pay offer


The council chief executives' trade union has said that it is ‘exceptionally disappointed’ at a pay offer that fails to reflect the high levels of inflation.

Social care vacancies up by a record 52%


The number of vacant posts in adult social care has increased by a record 52% in one year, an alarming new report has revealed.

One in five care workers living in poverty, report shows


Residential care workers are more likely to be living in poverty and deprivation than other UK workers, new analysis has revealed today.

Council ‘disppointed’ by continuing strikes


Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has said it is ‘disappointed’ that strike action is going ahead while union members consider a new pay offer.

Unison members back pay offer


Members of trade union Unison have voted by 63.5% to 36.5% to accept the national employers’ final pay offer for local government services employees.

Council to trial four-day week


A council in South Cambridgeshire is planning to begin a three-month trial of a four-day week in order to attract new staff.

Scottish council workers consider 7.5% pay offer


Strikes that would have affected schools and waste services across a number of council areas in Scotland have been suspended as workers consider pay offer.

Glasgow council extends paid leave to cover miscarriages


Glasgow City Council employees who suffer a miscarriage will now get paid leave, the local authority has announced.

Council bin workers secure 10% pay rise


Around 100 waste workers employed by Bath and North East Somerset council are set to receive a 10% pay rise.

Newham Council braces for refuse strike


Refuse workers in the London Borough of Newham are set to go on strike this Saturday to demand a pay increase that will keep up with spiralling price rises.

Low-paid council workers forced to skip meals


Public sector staff on low wages, including local authority employees, are being forced to miss meals by the cost of living crisis, union reveals.

Scottish council workers reject 5% pay offer


Waste service workers will today go on strike across 14 local authority areas in Scotland after Unite the union rejected a 5% pay offer.

ONS: Public sector pay 'lags behind' private sector


Public sector pay rises continue to lag well behind the private sector according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Scottish council workers get improved pay offer


Council leaders in Scotland have made an improved pay offer in a bid to avoid strike action.

Waste workers announce strike action across 15 Scottish councils


Waste workers in 15 councils across Scotland will walk-out for a week this month in protest over the 'pitiful' 2% pay offer.

Birmingham faces fresh equal pay claims and strikes


The leader of Birmingham CC has urged trade unions to engage in talks over fresh equal pay disputes – rather than ballot staff over potential strike action.

Coventry bin lorry drivers win 13% pay boost


The long-running dispute between Coventry council and local bin lorry drivers has now ended with a pay rise for the drivers worth up to 12.9%.

Unison to put pay deal to its members


Unison has vowed to consult its members on the flat rate pay rise offered to all council staff.

Unite rejects local government pay offer


Unite has rejected the flat rate pay rise offered to all council staff this week.

Council workers in Scotland vote for strike action


Thousands of Scottish council workers have voted to strike in a dispute over the offered pay rise.

Employers put forward flat rate rise in council staff pay


Employers have offered a flat rate pay rise of £1,925 to all council staff. 

Sandwell refuse workers secure 9% pay rise to avoid strike action


Refuse workers in Sandwell MBC have called off a planned strike due to start next week after accepting a 9% pay increase and securing additional annual leave.

Employers warn against local pay deals


Councils have been warned against undermining the ‘fundamental integrity’ of national talks by agreeing local deals as pressure grows on pay.

Council chiefs warn of 'disastrous' financial crisis


More councils could be tipped into financial crisis while others face emergency cuts due to soaring inflation and living wage increases, the LGA warned today.

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