Dan Peters 11 May 2020

Unite expected to urge council pay offer rejection

Trade union Unite is expected to recommend that its members reject the employers ‘final’ 2.75% pay offer at a national committee meeting later this week.

Unions have hit back at local government employers’ attempts to close down talks on pay.

Unite national officer, Jim Kennedy, said: ‘Collective bargaining is a two-way process.

'Our members are out there putting their lives on the line.

'This is not a pay rise – it’s a standstill offer.’

The unions have lodged a formal request to join with the Local Government Association, Welsh Local Government Association and Northern Ireland Local Government Association in approaching Whitehall to fund a bonus to employees in recognition of their response to the COVID-19 emergency.

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