Three unions representing more than 1.6 million local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living.
The claim for the year from next April seeks to move the lowest paid staff onto the real living wage of £8.45 an hour (£9.75 in London). In addition the unions want all employees to receive a five per cent pay rise.
The claim follows eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, which has seen wages either frozen or held to a one per cent increase.
UNISON, Unite and the GMB say that school and council employees’ living standards have plummeted as their wages have fallen way behind inflation.
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