Last week, national pay discussions resulted in a revised pay proposal that the LGA’s political leadership was prepared to put to a formal consultation of councils, but only if the Trade Unions called off the strike planned for 14 October and ran a similar
consultation of their membership in parallel with the Employers.
The headline details of the proposal were for:
- A long term deal to run from 1 January 2015 (i.e. not backdated to 1 April 2014 through to 31 March 2016)
- A 2.2% increase on SCPs 11 and above
- Higher percentage increases on SCPs 5 to 10 to provide a new minimum hourly rate at SCP5 of £7 per hour. This would have increased further on £7.06 per hour on 1 October 2015 by the deletion of SCP5
- Non-consolidated lump sum payments of between £100 and £325 on all SCPs
- A commitment to joint working for the future that would have ensured the NJC was focused on issues of importance to both employers and employees.
National Employers were willing to consult with Local Authorities, if the unions would simultaneously consult their members, subject to postponement of the industrial action scheduled for 14th October. GMB and Unite were willing to postpone the
industrial action and consult their memberships. Unfortunately the Unison National NJC Committee was not prepared to consult the Unison membership and instead plans to proceed with the industrial action on 14th October.
UNISON said they were not prepared to put the proposal to its wider membership and that it intends to push ahead with the strike plans for 14 October. GMB and UNITE have said they would be prepared to call off the strike and consult their membership if UNISON
had decided likewise.
The 20th March Employers offer of 1% remains on the table. The National Employers will be meeting this week to consider what are the next steps,
however until any further update is available, plans need to be put in place for strike action on 14 October going ahead.
UNISON (and possibly other NHS unions) are also planning action on 13 October and the Civil Service are planning to take action on 15 October.
The usual guidance will be published once it is known whether the strike will be taking place. Please refer to the guidance previously issued in the meantime.