Stop the Pay Cut union opens pay dispute with government

1.75% offer is wholly inadequate and with energy bills skyrocketing, shopping bills going up, and inflation high and rising

20 October 2021

STOP PAY CUTS. GMB UNION lodges pay dispute with local government

GMB union met with Local Government Employers on Wednesday 13 October 2021. We communicated the clear strength of feeling among local government, council and school workers about how disappointed and angry people are and why members have rejected the plans for pay cuts.

Over the last year GMB union members working in councils, local government and schools have shown how indispensable you are. You are true Covid heroes, keeping the nation's essential public services going during the toughest of times, often putting your own health and safety at risk.

The employers’ 1.75% offer is wholly inadequate and with energy bills skyrocketing, shopping bills going up, and inflation high and 

rising, it represents yet another pay cut for workers who have seen a quarter of the value of their pay wiped out since 2010.

GMB trade union, alongside other unions, has formally written to the employers to lodges an official pay dispute for the 2021/22 pay round. This means all GMB trade union members will now get a vote to decide on wether to take strike action to stop these pay cuts.

We will start our consultative ballot in November.

GMB union urges Local Government employers to get back around the table and improve the pay offer – NOW.

Rehana Azam, GMB union National Secretary, said: 

“Slashing the wages of local government workers whilst we're still in the grip of covid is grotesque.

"It's time to stop pay cuts across the public sector. If this government wants a levelled up, high wage economy ​it should start with the workers who've kept streets safe and clean, children in the classroom, and rubbish collected throughout the pandemic."


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