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Mainly 1% Offer For Council Workers

Friday, March 21, 2014

GMB To Consult Members On Mainly 1% Pay Offer For 1.5 Million Local Government Workers In England, Wales And Northern Ireland

Extra for the lowest paid is welcome but worth only a few pence extra and hour leaving the local government workforce as the poor relations of the public sector says GMB.

GMB, the union for local government workers, responded to the pay offer from the employers from April 2014 for 1.5 million local council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. See notes to editors for employers statement.

The offer is for Scale point 5 the lowest rate- 4.66%, Scale point 6 - 4.36%, Scale point 7 - 3.10%, Scale point 8 - 2.06%, Scale point 9 - 1.46%, Scale point 10 - 1.25% and Scale point 11 and above - 1%.

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said "The 1.5 million strong local government workforce will be dismayed that nearly all of them will be getting just a 1% pay rise. The extra for the lowest paid is welcome but is worth only a few pence extra on the hourly rate.

It still leaves the local government workforce as the poor relations of the public sector. And councils can afford more. They are squirreling away hundreds of millions in reserves.

We will now be consulting GMB members who I expect will say it is not good enough."

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Contact Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or Wales 029 2049 1260 or GMB press office 07974 252 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Press release from employers 20th March 2014

COUNCIL EMPLOYEES PAY OFFER ANNOUNCED

Council employees have been offered a pay increase from 1 April 2014. The majority of employees - those on salaries starting at £14,880 per annum - would receive an uplift of one per cent, with those on lower salaries receiving a slightly higher increase.

The National Employers, who negotiate pay on behalf of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, made the offer to unions today. It will affect over 1 million employees.

Cllr Sian Timoney, Chair of the Employers’ Side, said:

“There is a broad consensus among councils that there should be a pay offer to staff this year.

“At a time when local government is tackling the biggest cuts in living memory, this offer balances our commitment to increase the pay of our hardworking employees with the responsibility we have to address the significant financial pressures we face.

“We believe that this is a fair deal for employees, given the limits of what we can afford, and a fair deal for the taxpayers and residents who use and pay for the vital services which local government provides.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

If agreed, the total increase to the local government paybill in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be £164.52m.

This pay offer does not apply to council chief executives, senior officers, teachers or firefighters, who are covered by separate national pay arrangements.

The National Joint Council negotiates the pay, terms and conditions of staff in local authorities. It agrees an annual uplift to the national pay spine, on which each individual council decides where to place its employees. Each council takes into account a number of factors such as job size and local labour market conditions when deciding an employee’s salary. There are no nationally determined jobs or pay grades in local government, unlike in other parts of the public sector.

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