UNISON’s NJC Committee met on Friday to consider the local government employers’ pay offer of 2.75%, an increase of one day on the minimum level of annual leave (this will not affect PCC staff) and future discussions on stress and the minimum wage.
The committee was clear that while the employers have said this is their final offer, key matters remain unresolved. As part of their offer, the employers said they would approach central government for more money for local government pay 2020-21. The unions have asked for more detail on what the employers plan to ask for, and that this is on a joint employer/union basis.
“Until we know central government’s response to the approach we are not yet in a position to consult our members for their views on the pay offer. We are writing to the Local Government Association who are responsible for making the approach to government for more money, making our position clear. Until we know what extra money will be available, the committee decided that we have not exhausted the negotiation process.”
Said Mike Short Senior National Officer, UNISON Local Government,
Plymouth in UNISON had been arguing for a decent rise before Covid19 hit and activists in the branch and region believe that we have shown our value over that last few weeks and deserve some reward. All budgets are meaningless at this point and so it is very clear that Government will have to fund councils this year anyway. Applause doesn’t pay the bills!