General Workers' Union - will start balloting their members for industrial
action in support of a 6% pay increase from June 10 unless the employers
make a realistic offer.
Senior officials from the three unions are meeting with the employers
tomorrow and will be seeking to have the pay talks reopened but are not
Local government employers rejected the unions' claim for a 6% pay rise -
making a final offer of 3%. Members of the three unions have overwhelmingly
rejected the employers offer.
Unison national secretary for local government, Malcolm Wing said:
'Local government has become the poor relation of the public sector with the
largest pocket of low paid women. A quarter of a million staff, doing vital
jobs in their local communities, earn less than£5 an hour.'
T&G national organiser Jack Dromey continued,
'The national average wage is£19,000 yet over two-thirds of our members
earn less than£13,000. No wonder then that when they see 60% rises for
councillors and the rise of the 'fat cat' chief executives they say enough
GMB national secretary Mick Graham commented:
'Everyone wishes to avoid industrial action. But unless the employers are
prepared to continue to negotiations with an open mind it is difficult to
see what other options are available. Local government workers are amongst
the lowest paid in the land and the growing discrepancy between public and
private sector pay must be addressed.'