Council and school workers have kept the country going, and after a decade of cuts, it’s time for a decent pay rise.
UNISON is calling for a 10% pay rise for local government workers.
This would pull the the lowest paid to above £10 per hour – lifting them above the real living wage of £9.50 per hour (outside London).
Staff working in local government have seen up to 25% wiped from the value of their pay, after ten years of savage local authority cuts and pay restraint.
Local government workers have kept the country going during the COVID crisis, facing daily risks to do vital work and keep communities safe.
UNISON is clear – it is time for fair pay for council and school workers ✊
The NJC pay claim was submitted by the trade unions (UNISON, Unite and GMB) representing 1.4 million local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Monday 15 February 2021.
It’s time to campaign for #FairPay. We need to win public support and encourage all UNISON members to stand up for their pay rise.
A range of useful materials for local campaigns are available in the resources section below. Resources will be regularly added, so check back for updates on how you can help to win fair pay.
Watch the briefing and member Q&A:
Make sure your details are up to date
Check on My UNISON. It is crucial we can contact you over the coming months about the fight for your pay rise. It is crucial that all members play their part. It takes two minutes.
Email your councillor
Local councillors can voice their support and raise this issue directly with local government employers. And with local elections in May, now is the time for councillors to listen to what workers in their communities want. It takes one minute using our tool.
Tell your colleagues
Let your colleagues know about the fight for #FairPay. There are so many ways you can help to get people on board:
Here is a presentation for branch meetings
And if your colleagues aren’t a member of UNISON already, encourage them to join! They can join online, it takes 5 minutes.