Wednesday, March 21, 2007

2% pay offer rejected - talks continue

The Local Government Employers have responded to our claim for a pay rise of 5% or £1,000 with an offer of 2%.

The trade union side have rejected this offer and further negotiations are to take place.

There are no further details as yet on the local government section of the UNISON website. I hope we are forthright in our condemnation of this stingy offer which won’t keep up with inflation and offers nothing to the low paid.

Here is what the GMB have to say. Nothing yet from the TGWU (at least as I write this).

The employers are obviously prepared to go up to 2.5% and perhaps a little higher – but we will only get a decent pay rise (and reverse the decline in our living standards over the last three years) if we can mobilise support for industrial action.

Update on Thursday morning – UNISON’s response to this pay offer went up on our website yesterday. Our Head of Local Government describes the offer as “paltry” which it certainly is.

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