United Kingdom - Unions angered at local government pay freeze - January 21, 2010

The three unions organising municipal employees, UNISON, Unite and GMB, have reacted angrily to the proposal by local government employers to freeze the pay of their 1.6 million employees. The unions had submitted a claim for a 2.5% increase, with a minimum increase of UKP 500 (Euro 577) and are particularly annoyed by the employers’ failure even to negotiate before announcing their plans for a pay freeze. UNISON Head of Local Government, Heather Wakefield, said: “Our members are already covering posts left vacant by wide-spread redundancies. 75% of the workforce are women so this is an outright attack on women's pay.”

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/335 http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1701

 

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