The stalling by local government employers of pay talks for some of the country’s lowest paid workers - while discussions on an upgrade in the national minimum wage (NMW) continue - ‘beggars belief’, Unite said today (Friday 14 February).
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that for the local government bosses to try to make the spurious link between offering a one per cent pay offer from 1 April and discussions on the NMW, expected in May, was “disgraceful”.
Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Council workers have suffered years of real pay cuts, while being hit with the escalating cost of living crisis.
“They are some of the lowest paid workers in England and Wales, and desperately need the £1 an hour pay rise that the unions are asking for to lift them out of poverty wages.
“We know that the Treasury has given the green light for a one per cent increase, which is derisory – and now the employers are playing politics saying they are going to wait to see what increase there may be in the NMW.
“This is a spurious link and is a disgraceful ploy – it beggars belief. We call on the employers to immediately re-enter negotiations with the staff side unions so that those that keep public services running efficiently on a daily basis receive a decent and fair pay increase.”
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Notes to editors
• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.