Members of all three local government unions have voted to accept pay proposals put forward by the Local Government Association.
Local government and school support workers had been offered just 1%, with slightly more for the lowest paid to bring them above the level of the new National Minimum Wage in March. However following a strike on 10 July and a threatened further walkout in October, the LGA came forward with an improved set of proposals.
The proposals cover the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016. Details of how the pay award will applied to Hampshire County Council grades are available on Hantsnet here.
All three unions have made it clear that they will continue to campaign for fair pay and conditions for local government and school workers, strengthen the collective bargaining machinery covering local government and schools and move quickly to jointly tackle other important issues facing their members with the Local Government Association.
UNISON Head of Local Government Heather Wakefield said:
“Members covered by the National Joint Council for Local Government have the lowest pay in the public sector and have suffered significant attacks on their conditions of work in recent years. We will continue to campaign for the Living Wage* to become the minimum rate of pay in local government and for a commensurate increase for all other NJC employees, to reflect the invaluable work that our members do to keep vital local services running.”
* The Living Wage is £7.85 and £9.15 in London