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Chiefs' pay claim decision delayed

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A decision on a 2% pay claim made by the union representing council chief executives has been deferred.

The National Employers negotiating body yesterday considered the claim made by the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers (Alace). Alace previously cited increasing pressure on chief executives caused by austerity and Brexit as reasons why the most senior officers were due a pay rise.

In addition to this the employers considered a claim for a pay increase for officers, represented by the GMB and Unison unions, which would be in line with other local government employees. The same claim by craft workers, which carry out housing and buildings maintenance, represented by GMB and Unite was also considered.

The decision was taken to defer a decision on all of the above pending the result of unions’ consultations with members on a proposed 2% pay offer for most council employees in December. Both Unison and Unite have recommended that their members reject that offer. A final decision is expected in early April.

LGC research last month found most councils have not factored a proposed 2% pay increase for the majority of staff into their budgets for next year, with many reporting the implementation of a new wage structure will place significant pressure on their finances.

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