Laura Sharman 12 June 2020

Unite to ballot members over ‘insulting’ council pay offer

Unite to ballot members over ‘insulting’ council pay offer image

Around 100,000 council workers will be asked if they want to accept or reject the 2.75% pay offer.

Unite the union will ballot its members over the pay offer which it has described as ‘unrealistic and insulting’. It is warning members that the offer amounts to just £1.83 a day.

Unite national officer for local government, Jim Kennedy, said: ‘A pay offer of £1.83 a day is a totally unrealistic and insulting offer, especially given the current crisis where it is our frontline local authority workers who have protected our communities and vital services, caring for our young and our vulnerable elderly, collecting our rubbish, cleaning our streets, and working in our crematoria to ensure dignity for those who have, sadly, fallen victim to Covid-19.’

Trade unions have been urged to accept the ‘final’ 2.75% pay increase for council staff by the National Employers. The offer also includes an extra day of annual leave.

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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