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EMPLOYERS DISAPPOINTED AT DECISION FOR STRIKE ACTION

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The WLGA has expressed disappointment at public sector unions' decision* to back strike action over local governmen...
The WLGA has expressed disappointment at public sector unions' decision* to back strike action over local government pay.

WLGA employment spokesman Lawrence Bailey said:

'Employers have offered a 3% increase in pay for officers - this is fair and reasonable. The offer is more than double the rate of inflation and higher than the average settlement in the wider economy. Local government workers have better pay and conditions than many other comparable workers.

'The 3% increase employers have offered provides an income 20% higher than the National Minimum Wage for those on the lowest hourly rate.'

'The unions' claim of 6% or£1,750 would add 11.8% to the paybill, which could cost a further£80 in council tax bills for every household. The only other way councils could meet the claim would be to sack workers or outsource more services.'

'The local government workforce on the whole provides an excellent service to our citizens. In recent years the WLGA, councils and the workforce have worked hard together to underpin service improvement with modern employment practices and we are making good progress.

'We urge the unions to reconsider their position and for common sense to prevail.'

* see LGCnetfor details.

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