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EMPLOYERS' 3% PAY OFFER REJECTED

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At yesterday's National Joint Council meeting, the employers made an improved offer of 3%. This was rejected by the...
At yesterday's National Joint Council meeting, the employers made an improved offer of 3%. This was rejected by the unions.

Cllr Brian Baldwin, chair of the employers' side, said:

'The employers' offer would mean

1. All workers would get a pay rise double the rate of inflation

2. Local government workers would continue to work shorter hours than many fellow workers in the public sector

3. The lowest paid in local government would still be 17% above the national minimum wage.

'This is the best offer that we can make. It is more than a quarter of councils are receiving in grant. No one working in local government should be under any illusion that there is more money available. This reasonable offer improves living standards for the workforce and protects services for residents.'

No further meetings of the NJC on the pay claim are currently scheduled. The unions are continuing to pursue their 11.8% claim and will now consult their members. The results of this consultation will be known by mid-April.

* see LGCnet for Unison'sand the T&G'sresponse.

Notes

1. Negotiations over local government services covers over 1.2 million workers. This is the largest single negotiations in Britain and one of the largest in Europe.

2. The Employers' Organisation for local government (EO) was founded in April 1999, to support local authorities in their human resources role. It does this by providing expert advice and information on people management and development in local government, and leading the formulation of policy on some employer issues.

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