Local Government Workers’ Representatives Say 1% Unacceptable and Industrial Action Inevitable

27 Feb 2014

GMB and the other trade unions representing 1.6 million local government workers, have met to discuss the NJC pay claim for 2014-2015 and the employers’ response.

The following statement was agreed by the three unions:

The NJC Trade Union Side:
· Deplores the Employers’ failure to make an offer on 14 February 2014 and their statement on 21 February 2014, that a 1% remit would not be negotiable.
· Rejects any pegging of NJC pay to the National Minimum Wage.
· Reiterates the view expressed by our members last year that 1% for 2014/15 will not be acceptable.
· In light of the above, the NJC Trade Union Side believes industrial action looks inevitable and is preparing accordingly.

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said “The unanimous view of the full local government trade union side is very clear. The idea that one and a half million council workers should have to sacrifice part of a paltry 1% pay pot to meet their employers’ statutory obligation to pay the national minimum wage is unacceptable. GMB and the other unions are further incensed that the employers say the pay pot is not negotiable. We have no choice but to begin preparations for consulting our members on industrial action.”

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