- 2016 Local Government Service Group Conference
- 26 February 2016
Conference, we all know the plight of local government pay and the impact that in real terms we have seen a 20% pay cut in the last 10 years for our members.
With minimum pay awards, many councils have added a local pay supplement to ensure that some of the lowest paid employees are paid the living wage. Conference, whilst we acknowledge that it does go some way to pay the living wage, it does not give employees any certainty or address the decline in local government pay.
Conference, as you know this Government’s minimum wage came into force on 1 April 2016, which falls short of the independently reviewed and set minimum wage. It is vital that we still campaign for the nationally set and independently reviewed minimum wage.
Conference, the current local government single status agreement is a nationally agreed scheme, which was implemented to ensure all local government employees have a right to fair and equitable pay.
Conference we call upon the Service Group Executive to;
1)Support branches to ensure that the pay differentials remain within pay and grading schemes;
2)Support branches and regions to challenge at a local level any moves by local employers to undermine the single status agreement.