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Pay Offer For Council Workers

Friday, February 22, 2013

GMB to consult members on new offer for 1.5 million council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Over the next few weeks we will start the process of consulting our members to find out if they want to accept one of the two options or reject them both says GMB.

GMB, the union for public sector workers, will consult members employed by local councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on a new pay offer from their employers.

At a meeting yesterday (21st February 2013) of the Executive of the NJC for Local Government the national employer representatives put forward two options to increase pay.

After a 3-year pay freeze the employers offered –

Option 1

  • 1.0% on all pay points from 1 April 2013
  • NJC mileage rates replaced by HMRC Approved Mileage Rates (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/travel.htm) for those councils currently applying NJC rates, from a date to be agreed (Green Book Part 2 Para 12 and Part 3 Para 6 refers)
  • Unilateral arbitration clause replaced by bilateral reference, from date to be agreed (Green Book Constitution Para17 refers)
  • An increase in the minimum paid annual leave entitlement from 21 days to 22 days, from a date to be agreed (Green Book Part 2 Para 7.2 refers)
  • Increase in continuous service entitlement for the purposes of calculation of entitlements to annual leave, occupational maternity leave / pay and occupational sick pay from return to service within five years to within ten years of the original transfer, from a date to be agreed (Green Book Part 2 Para 14.2 and 14.3 refers)
  • Joint statement providing a list of the issues on which both Sides agree to commence immediate serious discussions.

(NB: all dates for implementation of changes to be agreed as part of final deal)

Option 2

  • 1.0% on pay points 4 to 10 from 1 April 2013
  • 0.6% on pay points 11 and above from 1 April 2013

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said "GMB has been arguing very strongly that the 3 year pay freeze in local government must end and at least we have achieved that. However the 2 alternative offers the employers have made are of low value and I am not sure that either of them are sufficient to be acceptable to our members.

So over the next few weeks we will start the process of consulting our members to find out if they want to accept one of these options or reject them both".

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Contact: Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or 0208 947 3131 GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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