Laura Sharman 16 February 2021

Unions call for 10% pay rise for council staff

Unions call for 10% pay rise for council staff image

Three local government unions have called for a wage increase of at least 10% for all council and school workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The pay claim for 2021/22 from UNISON, GMB and Unite calls for a ‘substantial’ pay rise to tackle ten years of pay restraint and recognise the key role played by staff during the pandemic.

The pay claim would see the lowest paid workers earn more than £10 per hour, lifting them above the real living wage of £9.50 per hour outside of London.

Jim Kennedy, national officer for local government at Unite, said: ‘We are sick of the employers’ crocodile tears, refusing to recognise the contribution our members make in caring for the elderly and vulnerable. They are on the frontline, endangering their lives every day, but the response has been pay freezes, cuts to services and jobs.

’Ministers pledged to support local government, but words are cheap. The employers should show courage and demand the proper level of funding that is desperately needed, including a fair pay increase.’

The three unions previously called for a 10% pay rise last year, but eventually accepted a 2.75% pay increase.

Head of local government at UNISON, Jon Richards, added: 'Paying staff properly and investing in the workforce would recognise those at the sharp end who’ve given everything. It will benefit local economies and give workers a boost as they keep delivering important services into the future.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Electoral Services Officer

Denbighshire County Council
£29,577- £32,234
Denbighshire County Council has an exciting vacancy for the post of Electoral Services Officer Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)
Recuriter: Denbighshire County Council

Residential Assistant

Essex County Council
£18029 - £20604 per annum
About the Role Please note, this is a part time role working 22.5 hours per week.The salary would be on a pro rata basis, so £10,963 - £12,529 per an England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Customer Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £22915 per annum
This is a part time role for 20 hours a week for a fixed term period of 12 months. The Role Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Commissioning and Partnerships

Government of Jersey
£76,299 - £86,279 per annum
Jersey is on an exciting journey towards implementing a new model of care Jersey (GB) (JE)
Recuriter: Government of Jersey

Employer Officer

Essex County Council
Up to £28846 per annum
Employer OfficerFixed Term, Full TimeUp to £28,846 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue