Local government workers in Christmas pay pinch Grinch...

Local government workers in Christmas pay pinch Grinch protest

07 December 2017

WHAT: Local government workers and the Grinch hand in giant Christmas card to the Treasury
WHEN: Friday 8 December 2017, 09:00
WHERE: HM Treasury, Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

Members of Unite working in local government will be joined by the Christmas pay pinch Grinch tomorrow (Friday 8 December) to hand in a giant Christmas card to HM Treasury urging the chancellor Philip Hammond to show some Christmas spirit and fund a proper pay rise.

The photo opportunity, which is part of national campaign day on local government pay involving Unite, Unison and GMB, follows a pay offer that was tabled by local government employers this week. Unite is fearful that without additional government money to fund a proper pay rise, austerity hit councils will not be able to ease the wage pain and protect vital public services.

In addition to a number of local authorities seeing their budgets slashed in half, the government’s cuts agenda has seen the pay of some local government workers squeezed by as much as 21 per cent in real terms since the Conservatives came into power in 2010.

Commenting Unite national officer Jim Kennedy said: “Over the last seven years local government workers have seen their pay plummet in real terms by as much as 21 per cent thanks to the government’s pay pinch Grinch. 

“It’s time that Philip Hammond and the government showed some Christmas spirit by committing extra funds to austerity ravaged councils to protect services and give local government workers the pay rise they need.

“A failure to do so will lead to the crisis in local government deepening, services suffering and the pay misery for council workers continuing.

“The government needs to spread the Christmas cheer and ensure that all public sector workers get the properly funded pay rise they deserve after years of pay cuts and pay freezes.”


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

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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.