Throughout the GMB pay pinch campaign www.paypinch.org the GMB has been clear that local government workers are suffering the worst squeeze on their pay in living memory, and that the years of pay pinching by government must be brought to an end with decent pay rises.
Today (Friday 8th Dec 2017) GMB officers and members thanked Sandwell Councillors and Local Labour MP’s, Tom Watson and John Spellar for supporting our campaign and calling for an end to the Public Sector Pay Cap, whilst all took the time to send the Maybot Muggers a clear message – It’s time to end the cap and properly fund the pay offer put to the joint Trade Unions earlier this week.
Details of the offer
GMB and the other unions representing workers in local government have received a pay offer from the National Employers for Local Government Services, who negotiate pay on behalf of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The pay offer stands to affect over 1 million workers. Local government staff have been offered a two-year pay increase from 1 April 2018. The local government pay offer has three key features:
- The majority of staff – those on salaries starting at £19,430 FTE per annum – would receive an uplift of 2 per cent on 1 April 2018 and a further 2 per cent uplift on 1 April 2019.
- Staff on the bottom of the national joint pay spine (Spine Column Point 6 – 19) will receive higher increases. The starting rate will move to £8.50 on 1 April 2018 (a 9.3% increase) and will further move to £9.00 on 1 April 2019.
- The offer also includes the introduction of a new national pay spine on 1 April 2019.