Living Wage and Not Regional Pay

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2012 Local Government Service Group Conference
20 February 2012

This Conference notes with concern the failure of the National Employers to offer or properly negotiate an affordable pay settlement.

In reality UNISON members in local government are suffering a multi-year pay cut compounded by inflation rate and cost of living increases and the failure of the Government £250 settlement to be awarded.

Local Government workers are under attack from savage cuts in public spending, locally employers are using the economic crisis to cut terms and conditions, increase privatisation of services as a cheaper easy solution to balancing tight budgets – to the detriment of the workforce and service users.

Conference notes that some Employers have agreed to introduce a Living Wage. In principle we welcome this move however we need to ensure that implementation costs are not being met by cuts elsewhere. This should not be a way to allow Regional Employers to break away from National Pay Bargaining. Regional Pay does not benefit our members in Local Government but only helps to drive down rates of pay to the lowest common dominator.

Conference calls on the Service Group Executive to provide information and campaign materials to support branches in pursuance of a Living Wage being introduced by all employers, without Regional Pay being introduced.