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Date: 26/05/21

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Date: 21/05/21

 

LETTER TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

The Joint National Secretaries for GMB, Unison, and Unite, have written to the NJC Employer Side expressing dissapointment and reiterate requests for urgent further negotiation and talks on the issue of Local Government Pay. Read the entire letter below:

PAY OFFER BRIEFINGS

GMB will be running briefings on the offer and our pay campaign for reps and members.

JOIN THE REPS MEETING

Monday 24th May 

JOIN THE REPS MEETING

Tuesday 25th May 

JOIN THE ALL MEMBERS MEETING

 

Date: 04/03/2021

PAY JUSTICE NOW LAUNCH!

(England/N.Ireland/Wales)

GMB Union negotiates pay for hundreds of thousands of workers in local government and schools. Those discussions have now started for pay in 2021/22.

We’re campaigning for:

PAY JUSTICE

A substantial pay increase with a minimum of 10% for all workers in local government and schools!

BETTER WORK/LIFE BALANCE

A reduction of hours to a 35-hour working week (on the same pay); 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays; better maternity/paternity/ adoption leave; new working from home policies and new measures to tackle workplace stress and support mental health.

PAY & TRAINING IMPROVEMENTS

Local government workers should be paid for the work we do and trained for the work we do – we need a review of job descriptions, career development, and pay for schools support staff; too many are working over and above their pay grades without the acknowledgment or reward.

JOIN GMB TODAY!

Full time (20hr+/week)              £14.57  per month

Part time: (20hr-/week)             £8.40 per month

If you work term-time hours only, you might be eligible to pay the part-time membership rate, so ask your region

4 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED!

ONE: RECRUIT A COLLEAGUE TO GMB!

There is strength in numbers, employers can ignore one voice but when we all speak together they have to take notice.

This bulletin is available as a flyer to post in your workplace:

TWO: ORGANISE A MEETING TO DISCUSS PAY AND TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR THE PAY RISE.

You can download all the Pay Justice Now campaign materials you need at the Pay Justice Campaign Hub!

THREE: LOBBY YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE!

GMB is campaigning for pay rises to be properly funded. Email your local councillors asking them to lobby Government for proper funding for Local Government and School. We’ve made this easy to do by filling in the form on the Pay Justice Now site!

FOUR: BECOME A GMB REP!

Are you the sort of person who can’t sit and do nothing when you can see injustice or something wrong? Not got a GMB Workplace Organiser yet? Well, why don’t you become one?

 

​Date: 11/01/2021

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOL SURVEY HEADLINE RESULTS

The NJC pay survey closed in November 2020. The headline results are as follows:

31% of respondents would be willing to accept a 5% pay increase to at least maintain standard of living

93% respondents think GMB should continue to campaign for a minimum £10.00 starting rate

63% respondents say excluding a percentage increase there is not anything else they would like GMB to submit on the claim (we have agreed to supplement this year’s pay claim with a conditions pay claim)

37% of respondents work regular unpaid overtime

69% of respondents have taken time off due to Covid-19

94% were paid whilst off due to Covid 19

Due to pandemic and restricted access to workplaces:

100+ people requested socially distanced workplace meetings.

100+ requested online workplace meeting.

100+ respondents would be interested in becoming a GMB Rep in the workplace

 

NEXT STEPS

GMB are meeting with NJC Unions to agree the full staff side pay claim. GMB NJC meetings have already taken place with the majority view that we move to a pay claim that asks for a substantial pay increase but that this pay round we include a condition’s claim as there are several areas NJC unions want to discuss with the employer in the next pay round.

 

TIMELINE (subject to change please visit this page regularly as it will be updated)

JANUARY 2021

  • AGREE PAY CLAIM WITH NJC UNIONS
  • MEET WITH BOTH THE GMB LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOLS COMMITTEES
  • ISSUE AN ALL-MEMBERS COMMS ONCE PAY CLAIM IS AGREED
  • TALKS WITH LGA EMPLOYERS TO COMMENCE ON PAY AND NEGOTIATIONS TO START ON THE PAY CLAIM

FEBRUARY 2021

  • ASK MEMBERS TO CONTACT THEIR COUNCILLORS/GENERIC MOTION SEEKING SUPPORT FOR PAY CLAIM
  • ALL MEMBERS MEETING (DIGITAL AND IN PERSON)
  • ON-GOING TALKS WITH LGA EMPLOYERS

MARCH 2021

  • ONCE FINAL OFFER RECEIVED ENSURE ALL MEMEMBERS HAVE THEIR SAY ON PAY IN A CONSULTATIVE BALLOT.
APRIL 2021+
  • THE BALLOT WILL RUN DIGITALLY, AS WE ARE STILL LIKELY TO HAVE RESTRICTED ACCESS TO WORKPLACES, UPDATES TO FOLLOW THE RESULT!

 

Past Bulletins

Date: 23/11/2020

Posters for Local Noticeboards

To promote our Local Government Survey, we've produced these posters for your local workplace noticeboards: 

SCHOOLS STAFF:

   

LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS:

   

CRAFT WORKERS:

   

CHIEF OFFICERS:

   

 

Date: 15/10/2020

This has been a difficult year for workers across local government. After a decade of funding and pay cuts, you and your colleagues across local councils, schools and essential services are fighting the crisis of a generation as key workers protecting the public from Covid-19.

You have more responsibility and stress than ever before, but your pay continues to stagnate. GMB is determined to do something about that.

We are now entering into talks to make a collective pay claim for 2021-22 for all members in local government, and to do that, we need to hear from you:

COMPLETE THE SURVEY!

 

RESULTS! GMB 2020 PAY BALLOT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT & SCHOOLS

Members!

Thank you to the tens of thousands of GMB members that took part in the ‘Have Your Say On Your Pay’ Local Government and Schools Consultative ballot across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The results are in.

76% of members balloted in consultation over the local government employers' pay offer voted to accept it.


We asked all members - working in town halls, schools, academies and across local government - who would be affected by the offer, what you thought. And the response was to accept the pay offer. Thanks so much to all of you that took the time to vote. Whilst voting in this ballot was set against an unprecedented time with members fighting Covid-19 and keeping communities' safe turnout was the best it could be under these circumstances.

So what's next?

The ballot was consultative, so the offer isn't automatically applied. GMB and the other trade unions with members affected will be meeting once all ballots close and discuss next steps. Any offer that is accepted will be back dated to 1st April, 2020.

We'll keep you updated when we know more.

Full details of the offer can be found here. And in the meantime, if you have any further questions about the offer please contact your local GMB Branch/Office.

Please also ensure your membership details are correct and you can update any changes here.

In GMB only members have their say on pay so we thank you for taking part in this important consultative ballot.

Best wishes,

Rehana Azam
National Secretary, GMB

 

Date: 24/08/2020

The GMB 2020 NJC Pay Ballot is now closed!

Thanks to reps and members who voted, joined us for online meetings, and got the vote out in their workplace! The results will be released shortly!

 

Date: 16/07/2020

The GMB 2020 NJC Pay Ballot is now open!

VOTE NOW! @ THE HYSOYP HUB

Date: 21/05/2020

LOCAL GOVERNMENT & SCHOOLS PAY UPDATE

The Local Government Association Board made up of elected councillors have done a U-turn on a key part of the Local Government Pay Offer. In the pay offer letter dated 16th April 2020 the employer said: 

‘Employer side to make representations to government in order to seek funding for an additional amount to be awarded above the tabled 2.75% to employees in recognition of the exceptional hard work’

However, in a letter recently received on 18th May, 2020 the LGA Board made up of councillors have informed us they will not be approaching the government for any more resources to award to employees in recognition of their response to the COVID-19 emergency. 

GMB alongside sister unions have written to the employers setting out our disappointment and seeking reasons of this U-turn.

JOINT UNION LETTER 

It’s important to stress the LGA Executive Advisory Board - which is made up of elected councillors have decided to override the view of the National Employers hence why it will be really helpful if you could write to your councillor asking why this is the case.  

GMB launched a campaign to lobby councillors details of which can be found at it’s not too late we need to keep the pressure up:

LOBBY YOUR COUNCILLOR!

We are more than angry that elected officials from political parties are potentially suppressing the case to Government to boost the 2.75% pay offer. We know how disappointed members will be of this disregard particularly at a time when our members are working so hard fighting this pandemic.  

The vital contribution of our members comes on the back of 10 years of austerity during which the value of many employees’ pay has dropped by 20% in real terms.  

IN GMB ALL MEMBERS HAVE A SAY ON THEIR PAY SO MAKE SURE DETAILS ARE UP TO DATE

MY GMB DETAILS

AVAILABLE AS PDF

 
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