GMB Advise Rejection Of 1% Council Pay Offer

1 Apr 2014

It is time to say ‘enough is enough’ and we are confident our members want to show their anger and frustration by rejecting the paltry 1% offer and opting instead for industrial action says GMB.

GMB, the union for local government workers, held a national meeting of shop stewards and workplace representatives on 31st March to consider the 1% pay offer for local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said, “The national meeting of senior lay representatives unanimously agreed to consult our 220,000 GMB members on the offer. The meeting agreed to recommend that members reject this offer and that they be asked if they will support industrial action. Council staff have had only a 1% pay rise in the last five years and it is a terrible indictment that the national minimum wage has caught up with them. It’s scandalous to think that people who work for Councils could not legally be paid any less, yet day in and day out they serve their communities in schools and academies, care homes, emptying bins and cleaning streets, protecting vulnerable children and all the other jobs they do.

Local Authorities have had their budgets slashed by this Coalition government but have also accepted council tax freezes and squirrelled cash away in reserves. The net result is that Council staff have had 18% real terms pay cuts and suffered 440,000 job losses. GMB believes it is high time to say ‘enough is enough’ and we are confident our members want to show their anger and frustration by rejecting the paltry 1% offer and opting instead for industrial action.”