unanimous report on the way forward for future pay and reward
arrangements for local government employees. The report was presented
to the National Joint Council for local government services (NJC)
Commission chair Linda Dickens said:
'In dealing with the many complex issues before us we have tried
throughout to be comprehensive and constructive. While many of our
recommendations are aimed at the NJC parties, it is clear that there
are other, important, stakeholders who must also play a full part in
addressing particular issues.
'Given the complexity of the sector and issues we recognise that there
are no 'quick-fix' solutions and this is reflected in the
presentation and substance of our recommendations.
'It is of vital importance to local communities and to the country as
a whole that there is a well trained, motivated and suitably rewarded
and respected workforce able and willing to provide high quality
local government services. Our report is designed to help achieve
that objective. There is in our view no contradiction between
investing in staff and investing in improving services; the two are
inter-linked. We have encouraged various measures, such as training
and development of staff at all levels within the context of
strategic human resource planning, which can further this connection.
'There are areas where the two sides of the NJC are working closely
and successfully. We would like to see more collaborative approaches
throughout the sector and mechanisms for sharing successful
experience. Win-win outcomes are then more likely to be achieved to
the benefit of employers, employees and the local communities which
'The existing national agreement is in our view generally fit for
purpose, although we suggest some important fine-tuning. It continues
to provide an appropriate mix of local freedom an d advantages of
'The commission would like to thank the NJC parties for their
cooperation throughout the process. Thanks are also due to all those
who took the trouble to meet us during our regional visits and
provided us with many valuable insights.'
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1 The NJC secretaries are representatives from the National
Employers' Organisation for Local Government Services and national
unions Unison, TGWU and GMB.
A joint union statement reacting to today's announcement is available here.
2 The LGPC was set up in November 2002 as part of the settlement
which ended the dispute in summer 2002. It started work in March
3 The terms of reference for the commission required it to provide an
independent perspective on a wide range of issues related to the pay
and reward of local government services staff, state its view as to
how matters might be progressed, and recommend action. The full terms
of reference are available on the website www.lgpc.gov.uk
4 Copies of the report are available on the LGPC website.
5 The commissioners are: Linda Dickens (chair), Michael
Greenwood, Ian Kessler, Aileen McColgan and Frances