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Unions join together to demand decent council pay

Issue No. 2058

Three unions – Unison, the GMB and the T&G section of Unite – have called a national lobby of parliament for Tuesday of next week to demand full funding for local government to pay single status deals.

The single status agreement between the unions and Labour has produced pay cuts for council workers. It has led to strikes and thousands of legal cases.

Local government employers and national trade unions signed the single status agreement in 1997. The deal followed a series of successful employment tribunal cases on equal pay.

Single status deals are supposed to deliver a common pay scale for all jobs and harmonisation of conditions. But Gordon Brown has refused to give local authorities extra funds to pay for those who gain from the deal.

Every authority was supposed to implement a deal by 1 April 2007 – but so far only about a third of councils have reached agreements.

The unions calling the protest sponsor almost 300 MPs between them – yet a motion backing the lobby is supported by only 30 MPs, and one of them is a Tory.

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Tue 3 Jul 2007, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2058
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