Employers Stall 1% Pay Offer For 1.5 Million Council Workers To Assess Impact Of Rise In National Minimum Wage In October Says GMB
Unions are entering into dispute with the local government employers as a measly 1%, reduced even further to pay the national minimum wage, will infuriate our members says GMB.
GMB, the union for local government workers, reacted furiously to the local government employer’s announcement that they had unilaterally cancelled pay negotiations for 1.5 million staff working in councils and schools scheduled to take place today (Feb 14th 2010).
In October GMB, UNISON and Unite representing local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland agreed to seek a minimum increase of £1 an hour to increase the bottom rate of pay in local government to raise it to a living wage hourly rate. The unions are also seeking £1 an hour increase to also apply to all pay points above the bottom rate.
Brian Strutton, GMB national secretary for public services, said "I have been told that the local government employer representatives have a 1% remit to offer a pay rise from 1st April but that they are holding this back.
The reason given is that they first want to see how much the national minimum wage is going up by in October 2014 so that they can deduct this from the 1% pot.
This is showing complete disdain for employees in three ways; firstly, assuming 1% is going to be sufficient, secondly, assuming it is acceptable to reduce that 1% pot to pay the employers obligation to meet the national minimum wage, thirdly denying any opportunity for discussion or negotiation.
Council workers have suffered a 3 year pay freeze, 440,000 job losses, cuts to terms and conditions, being vilified by politicians, while out there on the front line helping their communities including the victims of this terrible flooding.
Street cleaners, school dinner staff, social workers, gravediggers, classroom assistants and all the other unsung heroes serving their local communities deserve a decent pay rise.
GMB and the other unions are entering into dispute with the local government employers and we will be holding a national trade union meeting shortly to determine our next steps. A measly 1%, reduced even further to pay the national minimum wage, will infuriate our members."
Contact Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or Wales 029 2049 1260 or GMB press office 07974 252 823 or 07921 289880