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Pay and Justice Bulletin

Unison call for 5 per cent pay rise for all.

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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