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OFFICE STAFF PAY DOWN 8% ON PRIVATE SECTOR

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White-collar pay in local government as a percentage of the average national white-collar wage has fallen by around...
White-collar pay in local government as a percentage of the average national white-collar wage has fallen by around 8% over the past 20 years, according to a Low Pay Unit report for Unison.

The survey found manual workers have also suffered a drop in pay.

The fall contrasts with indications from this year's New Earnings Survey which shows that average council pay, including police and teachers' earnings, increased by more than the private sector over the last financial year.

The Low Pay Unit found 84% of council staff see no prospects for promotion and 63% are fearful about their future. Almost a fifth of respondents had financial problems, and one in 12 had sought advice over debt. Almost 30% had not had any sort of holiday lasting more than three nights in the past year.

Half a million people, 75% of them women, earn less than £4.26 an hour, Unison's goal for a national minimum wage. 'This report explodes the myth of the tea-swilling town hall bureaucrat with a cushy well-paid job for life,' said Unison head of local government Keith Sonnet.

'The majority are poorly rewarded, overworked, insecure, often find it difficult to make ends meet and fear for their future.'

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