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29.09.14

LGA council pay offer still in the balance

Local government unions are to meet with employers and the Local Government Association (LGA) this week – following a new pay proposal. 

In a letter to local authority chief executives and finance directors last week, the LGA’s head of workforce, Sarah Messenger, said the organisation was willing to propose a pay offer that would give council workers a 2.2% pay increase, in return for abandoning next month’s strike action on 14 October. 

Under the proposals, the long-term pay deal would start from 1 January 2015 (not backdated to 1 April 2014) through to 31 March 2016. It would also mean a 2.2% increase for the majority of employees and the introduction of a new minimum hourly rate of £7 per hour.

But, at the time, she added that the LGA was “extremely disappointed” that UNISON’s National NJC Committee said that it was not prepared to put the proposal to its wider membership and that it intended to push ahead with the strike planned for 14 October. 

This was despite GMB and Unite having said that they would have been prepared to call off the strike and consult their memberships if UNISON had decided likewise. 

PSE has now been told by Unite national officer for local government Fiona Farmer: “Unite and the other local government unions are meeting the employers, the LGA on Thursday 2 October to respond to the new set of proposals that the LGA has put forward. 

“Unite won’t be commenting further until after Thursday’s meeting,” she added. 

PSE has asked GMB and UNISON for a comment on the pay offer and discussions, but at the time of publication had not received a reply. 

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Comments

Mel   29/09/2014 at 14:34

So generous. May we bow at their feet.

Chris   30/09/2014 at 09:32

Do the Math. Not so generous!

Mandy   30/09/2014 at 09:45

Basically equates to 'not enough' once again.

Badly Ironed Boy   30/09/2014 at 09:45

A worse offer than the original? Which planet are they on?

A Member   30/09/2014 at 10:19

Swap the % for £ p/hr and you will be nearer the mark. Thanks UNISON for not passing this latest insult on.

AJ   30/09/2014 at 10:25

Give us the 1% backdated from April to December and then 2.2% from January 2015 to March 2016 - slightly more reasonable offer...............

Les   30/09/2014 at 10:29

Do they really think we are that stupid.......... .01% better offer!!...We have lost money for 4 years, its an insult, pathetic and a disgrace!

Drew   30/09/2014 at 11:57

2.2% pay rise equates to less than £400.00 a year on my wages or £7.67 per week Minus tax. Ohhh what to spend it all on!!!!!!

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