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Local government: ‘Paltry pay will drive down morale’

Issue No. 2052

Local government employers met trade unions this week – and reaffirmed that there is only a wage-cutting deal on offer for a million workers.

The original offer of a 2 percent basic rise has not changed, although there might be a little more cash to offer as much as 2.5 percent for a few!

In March the Unison union’s head of local government, Heather Wakefield, said that a 2 percent pay offer was “effectively a pay cut”.

She added, “This is a paltry pay award which will drive down the morale of staff further.”

She is right and all the local government unions must start fighting seriously for the claim. This was based on a one-year deal, a 5 percent increase or £1,000, whichever is the greater, a guaranteed minimum hourly rate of £6.30 and an increase in basic annual leave entitlement to 25 days per year as the minimum entitlement for all employees.

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Tue 22 May 2007, 18:46 BST
Issue No. 2052
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