Heather Wakefield

The local government workforce: equal by default


The APSE Commission message is clear: we need a well-trained, properly rewarded workforce to meet local public services’ future challenges, says Heather Wakefield.

How to deal with workplace bullying


Unison responds to our survey revealing the majority of staff in local government have experienced or witnessed unacceptable behaviour at work.

Living wage should be paid to all council workers


What do decent pay and conditions and economic growth have in common?

Debunking the pension myths


The attack on local government pensions is not about affordability, fairness, or even about efficiency, it is based on propaganda and ideology, says Heather Wakefield.

Hot-tempered over pay freeze


It’s time for council staff to get a better deal not a pay freeze, says Heather Wakefield.

Money’s too tight to mention


As we head for strike action over the local government pay settlement, Heather Wakefield asks why the sector is not showing how much it values its staff.

Give us more than carrots


It’s time public service workers were paid their worth, says Heather Wakefield

It’s payback time


Trade unions and campaigners usually march on Westminster to lobby MPs for a change in law. But this week, the clarion call is even simpler. We just want local council employers to follow the law which already exists relating to equal pay. Heather Wa

Why on earth offshore?


The vision of local government posed by Rod Aldridge, Business Process Offshoring (Plugged In, The MJ, 15 March) is hard to reconcile with the softer notions of ‘double devolution’, user choice and active local citizenship at the heart of the Governm

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