Local government dispute declared

UNISON and the other local government unions have lodged a formal dispute with the Local Government Employers covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the failure to make a pay offer on 14 January.

The letter to Sarah Messenger, the employers’ secretary on the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, states: “In light of the failure to make us an NJC pay offer for 2014-15 and as a result of your suggestion that this year’s pay offer will in any case be ‘pegged’ to the national minimum wage, I am writing to notify you that the Trade Union Side considers itself to be in formal dispute with you.”

It is signed UNISON national secretary Heather Wakefield on behalf of the joint trade unions, which also include GMB and Unite.

Joint union letter to Local Government Employers

UNISON in local government

Key issue: local government pay

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