Funding Fair Pay in Local Government

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2003 Local Government Service Group Conference
13 February 2003
Carried as Amended

Local Government Conference notes that whilst both Central and the Welsh Assembly Governments have stated that they wish to see a fair and transparent pay and grading system in local government they have failed to take the opportunities, presented by recent amendments to local government finance, to passport money through to local authorities who are prepared to tackle discrimination in pay and grading systems.

This Conference therefore resolves to continue to:

1)Re-affirm our commitment to national pay bargaining and to oppose regional pay bargaining, as outlined in the Budget Statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

2)Lobby both Central and the Welsh Assembly Governments and the Scottish Parliament to adequately fund the application of job evaluation.

3)Lobby Government to provide direct funding to drive up equality standards in local authorities, in support of UNISON’s call for Government to fully fund single status and job evaluation.

4)Lobby all employers including local authorities to carry out independent pay audits of its workforce and address pay inequalities found.

5)Carry out a training needs analysis with regions to ensure that officers and activists are equipped to deal with equal pay issues, single status issues and job evaluation and that a report on training programmes be brought back to the 2004 Local Government Conference.