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Pay Update .

PAY UPDATE (21/11/17). 

The Local Government employers are meeting on 13 December to decide how much they
will offer you in response to our pay claim. 
 
Meanwhile on  Friday 8 December protests are being organised for Fair Pay Now in local government and schools.
 

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PAY UPDATE (17/10/17). 130,000 people have signed Unison's Parliamentary petition and MPs will now debate public sector pay in Westminster on 4 December. 

The NJC Employers Side is meeting on 18 October to take stock of their regional consultation.
They have informed us that they want to wait for the Autumn Statement, due on 22 November before they respond to our claim and the pay spine review. We are not likely to get a formal pay offer from them until early December.
We had hoped that we would get the final pay offer earlier this year, which was why we lodged our claim in May. However, while the Local Government Association has done a lot of work to make finance officers and others aware that councils will need to budget for more than 1% this year, they want to see what the Autumn Statement says before an offer is made.
 

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UPDATE:(19/09/17) UNISON took a special Pay Up Now! fruit machine to Brighton this week to highlight the injustice of the 1% pay cap – and to step up it's pressure on the government to lift it.

Opening the public sector pay debate at the 149th Trades Union Congress,in Brighton on 10-13th September. Unison General Secretary, Dave Prentis,went on to say: "For millions of public service workers struggling to survive, there is no more pressing issue than lifting the pay cap."

Following the Conference, there were reports in the media of a review of Police and Prison Officers pay above 1%,  but not a mention of other workers. Critics said that the Government was playing a "divide and rule" game and that the pay rises should be for all Public Sector workers across the board.

Some Unions have said they are prepared to ballot members for strike action over the pay cap .At the Trades Union Congress (TUC) annual conference, around 50 unions backed a motion calling for a campaign of co-ordinated industrial action unless the cap is fully lifted.

 Meanwhile a poll for The Independent (16/09/17) suggets that a majority of the public "believe the public sector pay cap has been unjustified and agree now is the time to remove restraints on workers’ wages". The Labour Party and Tory allies the DUP voted against the Government and for a removal of the pay cap on NHS workers. So the pressure to act continues.

Meanwhile Unison continues to press for an end to the cap. A petition has been launched to get the govenment to debate it in  Parliament. Unison members are urged to sign it. Please folow the link.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200032

 

 

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Update : (05/09/17) It's been reported in the Independent that the Government is set to end the 7 year cap on public sector pay rises. Lifting the 1% limit is set to be part of the Autumn Statement. Some pay review bodies have already warned the Government that pay must improve in order to recruit and retain staff.

One plan under consideration is the lowest paid public sector workers and those groups witht the biggest retention problems will be granted a pay rise at least in line with inflation in April 2018.

There was no specific mention of Council workers, but more may become known when the Budget is announced.

Meanwhile Unison will continue with its 5% Pay campaign.

See this article www.unison.org.uk/news/2017/09/pay-pressure-beginning-pay-off-theres-much/

 

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With inflation running at nearly 3% and a series of only 1% pay rises for years, Unison and other unions are  calling for a 5% pay rise across the board from the Local Government Association.

This comes with the Tory government beginning to finally get the message that their austerity programme isn't working. Since their disasterous election result, which saw the majority wiped out, Tory backbencers and even some senior figures in the party have said it may be time to look at public sector pay.  It's also become evident that people are not spending as much as they use to, as belt tightening continues. The demand for service sector goods, which is the UK's biggest employer, has gone down. Perhaps the time's come for a timely reminder that if you don't give people a decent wage they can't afford anything but basic nesessities.

The latest Pay and Justice Bulletin states:

 
UNISON, GMB and Unite today lodged the following pay claim for all council and school workers employed on NJC pay in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
 
The deletion of NJC pay points SCP 6-9 to reach the Foundation Living Wage
of £8.45 (UK) and £9.75 (London) and a 5% increase on all NJC pay points.
 
The claim is attached and has been submitted to the Local Government Association.
Below are the key arguments made in the claim:
1.Declining value of NJC pay:For the vast majority of NJC workers in local government and schools-
last year’s pay ‘rise’ actually represented the EIGHTH consecutive annual pay cut since 2009.
Pay in local government and schools is one of the lowest in the public sector. No one is paid a fair rate for the job they do.
A continuation of the 1 per cent pay cap would represent a further squeeze on our members’ quality of life that is even worse than during the 1980s and 1990s, exacerbating an already desperate situation for many. 
The bottom rate of pay in local government-£7.78-is only 28p above the National Living Wage (NLW) and well below the UK Foundation Living Wage rate of £8.45 and £9.75 in London.
 
Inflation is predicted to remain in excess of 3% for the next five years.
This means that the cost of living for our members will rise by nearly 18% by 2021. In that context, a 1% pay offer for the sector would be unacceptable."
 
The Bulletin ends with a call to prepare for the campaign.
 
"The Local Government Association have told us they will now start their consultation
exercise on the pay claim and respond to us in late September. It is crucial we maximize political pressure on council and school staff employers during this period.
We will also be seeking meetings with Government and Shadow Ministers to press the case for funding for the NJC claim and the pay spine review."
 
To read the full text of the statement download the Pay and Justice bulletin from the bottom of this page.
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