The FOA trade union – the largest in public services – has set out its main demands that will be discussed by public service unions in the lead up to negotiations for the local and regional government agreement that expires at the end of March 2021. The union wants to see a flat-rate rather than a percentage wage increase. An increase set in Kroner would benefit lower-paid occupations which are dominated by women and so contribute to reducing the gender pay gap. Another key demand is increased training provision focused on unskilled workers which will help deliver greater job security. The union is calling for a review of working time rules because of the wide variety of rules across the sector, that are often interpreted differently to the detriment of the employees. FOA’s demands will be considered by the joint trade union committee that will submit the overall demands to employers in a first exchange on 15 December.