In sending these congratulations GMB reminded the new leaders of their obligations not only to the local communities but also to their employees.
'Local government faces many challenges, the delivery of high quality services to our local communities under the Government's tight financial constraints and the best value regime. GMB seeks to work for high quality services'.
However, Mick Graham warned:
'High quality services on which councillors were elected will only be delivered if local government workers are paid a fair and decent wage.
'In 2002 it is obscene that a quarter million local government workers are currently paid less than£5 per hour.
'Do not forget that local government workers - your employees - are also service users and have a role in future council elections.'