United Kingdom - Local government members to be consulted on pay offer - December 31, 2015

Employers in the local sector offer a two-year deal of 1% each year, with more for lower paid staff to match national living wage. Union members will be consulted in 2016 on the employers’ pay offer, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Following negotiations with the unions, the Local Government Employers made their final offer concerning a pay deal that would cover the two years from April 2016. For the lowest paid (those on spinal points 6-17) this would mean a pay rise of between 6.6% and 1.01% the first year, and between 3.4% and 1.3%the second. Those on spinal points 18-49 would receive 1% in year one and the same again the following year. The increases at the bottom end of the pay scale are designed to meet the employers’ legal obligations to comply with the Chancellor’s ‘national living wage’ (that will be £7.20 an hour from April 2016 and £9 an hour by the end of the Parliament). The employers refused the unions’ demand that other workforce terms and conditions such as annual leave and sick pay be protected. However, they agreed to a joint review of term-time working for school support staff if their pay offer were to be accepted.

English: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2015/12/local-government-members … 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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