Strike action could be on the cards across local government in England and Wales as members of the main trade unions – UNISON, GMB and Unite – have rejected the £1925 (€2215) flat-rate pay offer. Meanwhile, action over pay is continuing in the National Health Service in England where Unite is continuing its campaign to get pay negotiations re-opened with targeted strike action in hospitals and the ambulance service. The RCN nursing union is balloting its members in England over further action while RCN members in Wales have also rejected the separate pay offer there. In central government, PCS’s industrial action over pay, jobs and pensions continues with the HMRC tax department the latest target.
Unions reject local government pay offer as other disputes continue
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Local government unions reject pay offer
The three main unions in local government - Unison, Unite and GMB - have rejected a 2% pay rise as a wholly inadequate offer from the employers. The unions have submitted a joint pay claim that aims to provide some redress for years of pay freezes and below-inflation increases. These have left local government workers some 22% worse off in real terms. The aim is for a new minimum rate of GBP 10 (EUR 12) per hour and a 10% increase for all workers.
Scottish local government workers reject pay offer
Members of the three main unions representing local government workers in Scotland - UNISON, GMB and Unite - have rejected the employers' 3% pay offer. There were large majorities in each case with also strong support for industrial action. The unions argue that 3% is inadequate after years of pay freezes and the 1% public sector pay cap. The unions will jointly discuss their next steps and the formal process of balloting for industrial action.
Unions reject 1.5% pay offers in local government and higher education
Trade unions representing workers in local government and non-teaching staff in schools and higher education have rejected the 1.5% pay offers made by employers across these sectors. In local government and schools unions were looking for a 10% pay rise to begin to restore the loss of purchasing power over more than 10 years of pay freezes and below-inflation increases. They also argue that the pay offer is an insult in view of the efforts made by workers during the pandemic. In higher education the unions had claimed a GBP 2500 (EUR 2900) annual increase and minimum hourly wage of GBP 10 (EUR