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Local government unions fury at lack of pay offer

Issue No. 2393

Local government workers in Unison, GMB and Unite unions are furious at bosses’ failure to make a pay offer for this year.

They are demanding a £1.20 an hour rise but bosses want to peg local government pay to the national minimum wage. 

It has been revealed that the Low Pay Comission is recommending a 3 percent pay increase to the minimum wage.

This would take it to just £6.50 an hour if accepted by the government. More than 1 million local government workers earn less than the official low pay threshold.

The unions have said industrial action is “inevitable” and Unison is to hold a day of action on Tuesday 1 April. 

Everyone who wants a fightback against low pay should be part of building for the protests.

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