Unions representing 750,000 council and school support staff across England, Wales and Northern Ireland today (Friday) criticised the 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association
GMB, Unite and Unison submitted a joint pay claim to the local government employers in February for a 10% pay rise. This would be payable from 1 April 2021.
The unions say the joint claim represents a decent wage rise that’s both necessary to put a stop to poverty pay in local government and schools, and recognises the crucial role played by staff during the pandemic.
Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary said:
“Our members in local government have kept schools and councils across the country going throughout this pandemic.
“We’re extremely disappointed with this offer and it doesn’t meet the pay claim we set out for – which was a substantial increase.
“We will now meet with our senior reps on Monday, decide how to respond and demand immediate talks with the employers.”
Posted: 17th May 2021