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Unite recommends local government members reject pay offer

Published 23rd January 2018

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is to hold a consultative ballot of its members in local government covered by the “green book” with a recommendation that they reject the current pay offer.

Members of Unite’s National Industrial Sector Committee for local authorities voted unanimously to reject the pay offer and to hold a consultative ballot of all affected members covered by the National Joint Committee (green book) agreement; with a recommendation that the offer is rejected. Unite is one of three trade unions which make up the Employees Side of the NJC.

Local government employers had made an offer of a two per cent increase from 1 April 2018 for the majority of local government and school support staff and a further two per cent in April 2019.

Unite national officer for local authorities, Jim Kennedy, said: “Our members simply do not believe that the offer will result in enough members receiving a pay increase which is at least in line with inflation.”

Responding to Unite’s recommendation to reject the Pay Offer, Cllr Sian Timoney, Chair of the National Employers Side of the National Joint Council, said: “The Employers are extremely disappointed that Unite will be advising its members to reject the pay offer. The Employers have been very clear that the pay offer is a final offer. The Employers believe that the offer is fair for all staff and includes substantial increases for our lowest paid staff as well as meeting the challenge of the National Living Wage by introducing a new pay spine in 2019.”

Any increase finally agreed will apply to all local council staff employed under the NALC/SLCC model contract.

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