Unite the UK’s leading union, which represents tens of thousands of council workers, has rejected the local government pay offer which was made earlier this week.

The decision to reject the offer was made by Unite’s national industrial sector committee for local authorities.

Effective pay cut

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Most local government workers are being offered yet another pay cut masquerading as a pay increase.

“Council workers have seen their rates of pay massively eroded for over a decade through pay freezes and below inflation increases. Highly skilled and experienced workers are leaving the sector in droves as they are undervalued and struggling to make ends meet.

“Council leaders need to stop ducking the issue and make an offer that both meets members’ expectations and which starts to tackle the decade plus decline in council workers’ pay.”

Unite is seeking urgent meaningful negotiations with local government employers, prior to escalating its campaign for a fair pay increase for its members.

Substandard offer

Unite acting national officer for local authorities Clare Keogh said: “This is a substandard offer and in the first instance, local government employers need to get round the table and make an improved offer.

“If they are unable or unwilling to do so then Unite will consider all options in how to escalate this dispute.”

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Notes to editors:

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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: [email protected]

Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.