Mark Whitehead 11 December 2017

Unions make 5% pay increase claim for local government craft workers

Unions make 5% pay increase claim for local government craft workers image

Unions have submitted a pay claim for increases of at least 5% for local government craft workers who mainly carry out housing and maintenance work.

The GMB and Unite also want a 35 hour working week, an additional day’s holiday, tool allowances to be doubled from current rates and tool insurance to be paid to a minimum of £2,000.

They say the workers have suffered a 20% pay cut in real terms since 2010.

Rehana Azam, GMB national secretary, said: 'Our local government members have had £9,000 pinched from their wages since the pay cap was brought in 2010.

'That’s seven years when they’ve faced a daily struggle to pay the bills, feed their families and have enough left for rent.

'Our pay claim today goes someway to making up for those years of hurt.'

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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