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Unison local government workers campaign against low pay offer

Issue No. 2098

Local government union activists in the Unison union are campaigning for a rejection of the employers’ 2.45 percent pay offer.

Some 1.4 million workers in local government are still facing a pay cut in real terms. The lowest paid will only receive £380 a year more before tax.

Unison’s NJC negotiating body has recommended that its 850,000 members in local government reject the offer. The union’s consultation exercise ends on 7 May.

“This year’s pay negotiations have been dogged by the government’s 2 percent pay cap,” said Heather Wakefield, Unison’s head of local government.

“While this offer is above this level, it is not enough to help our members cope with the huge rises in the cost of food, fuel and housing.”

The consultation document makes it clear that in rejecting the offer, workers will be committing themselves to escalating strike action that starts with a two-day strike.

The Unite and GMB unions are also consulting on the local government pay offer, with the GMB set to hold a national shop stewards meeting on Thursday this week.

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Tue 22 Apr 2008, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2098
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