UNISON, UNITE and GMB have submitted the following Local Government Pay Claim for 2014-15:
A minimum increase of £1 an hour on scale point 5 to achieve the Living Wage and the same flat rate increase on all other scale points.
After a 3 year pay freeze and a 1% pay increase for 2013, UNISON members working in Local Government have lost 18% of their pay. Accepting a pay freeze has not saved jobs - since 2010 at North Somerset Council 225 full-time and 150 part-time jobs have gone - that's almost 400 jobs - it's about a quarter of the council's workforce. During that time the council has underspent on staff salaries by almost £2.5 million and this money has been put into council reserves. Although inflation has started to fall recently, over the period of our pay freeze we have seen massive rises in essential costs such as food, energy and fuel bills. This year we must say that enough is enough and we must all get behind the campaign for a decent pay rise.
Find out more here
Watch Heather Wakefield, UNISON's Head of Local Government talking about our pay on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deQraJIlh-o#t=40
Watch Local Government workers talking about the services they provide and why we're worth a decent pay rise this coming year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mexWXDkg1Pg
Come to a meeting to find out what you can do to ensure you get a decent pay rise this year.
3rd December 2013 at 12.30 pm at Castlewood - room G11
18th December 2013 at 12.30 pm at Town Hall - New Council Chamber
8th January at 12.30 pm at Castlewood – room 1.08 Castlewood
28th January 2014 at 12.30 pm at Town Hall - Kenn Room
12th February at 12.30 pm in the Old Council Chamber at the Town Hall (Annual General Meeting)
13th February at 12.30 pm in rooms G08/9/10 at Castlewood (Annual General Meeting)
11th March 2014 at 12.30 pm at Castlewood – room 1.08
27th March 2014 at 12.30 pm at Town Hall - Kenn Room