The local government unions – UNISON, Unite and GMB – have agreed to accept the employers’ offer of a flat-rate pay rise of £1925 (€2205) on annual salaries for 2023. The increase is worth around 9% for the lowest paid workers but about 4% for most of the workforce. The unions had initially demanded an increase of 12.7% and have made clear that they are already looking to the negotiations in 2024 to deliver better pay for local government workers. The agreement covers workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, UNISON is consulting over an improved offer from the employers that would provide a minimum increase of £2006 (€2298) for those on the Scottish local government living wage, and a minimum of £1929 (€2210) for all those above that rate backdated to 1 April 2023 based on a 37-hour week. The living wage of £10.85 (€12.45) rises to £11.89 (€13.60) an hour under the offer, which is the equivalent to a 9.6% increase. There is also a commitment to work towards achieving a minimum £15 (€17.20) per hour in local government – a key trade union objective. The offer was already accepted by Unite and GMB.
Flat-rate pay rise in settlement in local government
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