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Date: 17/08/2021

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, COUNCIL & SCHOOLS

(England, Wales, & Northern Ireland)
 

BALLOT NOW OPEN!

 Work in a Local Authority? A Council? A School? An Academy? Perhaps you deliver a service across Local Government? 

GMB pay ballot covering all workers across local government, school & academies that follow National Joint Council (NJC Green Book) pay, terms and conditions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland is now open.

GMB is disappointed that the pay offer doesn’t reflect the pay claim and have made strong representation to your employers for months that the pay offer falls short of expectations.  

In GMB only members have their say on pay and we now need you to take part in this important ballot and let us know if you are prepared to accept or reject the pay offer.  

 

GMB joint Local Government and Schools Committee representatives have discussed the pay offer and are recommending you vote to REJECT the offer.

From school support staff to refuse workers, from town hall workers to social workers. Hundreds of occupations are covered by this pay offer. (Approximately 1 million workers plus are covered).    

2021 Government, Councils & Schools Pay offer is as follows:

  • With effect from 1 April 2021, an increase of 2.75% on NJC pay point 1  
  • With effect from 1 April 2021, an increase of 1.75% on all NJC pay points 2 and above  
  • Completion of the outstanding work of the joint Term-Time Only review group 

 

The employers have also agreed to joint discussions on the following:  

  • A national minimum agreement on homeworking policies for all councils. 
  • An agreement on a best practice national programme of mental health support for all local authorities and school staff. 
  • A joint review of the provisions in the Green Book for maternity / paternity / shared parental / adoption leave. 

GMB expressed dismay at the opening offer of 1.5% tabled by your employers earlier this year. The employer has since considered this and increased it by 0.25% to 1.75%.  

GMB is now asking you to vote to accept or reject the pay offer at 1.75% (please note pay point 1 will be increased by 2.75%)

What happens next is up to you. We need all our members to have their say on pay. Make sure you get your ballot paper and vote if you have not received your ballot paper, please contact your local GMB Region or Branch Office

Past bulletins

2021

Tuesday 10th August 2021
FAO: England, Wales, & Northern Ireland

GMB WILL RECOMMEND REJECTION OF THE PAY OFFER

GMB senior reps across Local Government, Councils and Schools met today (10/08/21) to discuss the Local Government pay offer.

School staff, refuse collectors and council workers have kept our country moving through the coronavirus crisis, often putting themselves in harm's way.

GMB senior reps are disappointed that the Local Government employers have only tabled a 1.75% pay offer which is a pay cut in real terms.

Local Government workers know they need a proper pay rise and therefore GMB will be recommending members REJECT this pay offer.
 

WHAT NEXT? 

A pay ballot on the offer will start soon. Your local GMB branch/office will be contacting you shortly to discuss the pay offer and let you know how you can vote in this important pay ballot – Make sure you have your say on pay.

Please ensure your details are up to date as only GMB members will get a vote in our ballot.

FIVE WAYS TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON PAY

Help build the union in your workplace.  

1. Message a friend on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp 

2. Organise a meeting to discuss pay and to build support for the pay ballot using our campaign resources  

3. Update your details – every GMB member will get their vote make sure your details are up to date.  

4. Become a workplace organiser - stand up to injustice in your workplace!  

5. Recruit a member - Strength in numbers! The more people who join GMB, the stronger we are!  
 

Visit Pay Justice Now Hub

Date: 27/07/2021

FAO: Members in England, Wales, & Northern Ireland

In the last GMB update we advised you that we have approached Local Government employers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland setting out our disappointment on the pay offer and asked it to be improved.

You will be aware that the employers made a pay offer of 1.5% for 2021.

GMB asked National Joint Council (NJC) national employers across Local Government, Councils and Schools to join with the trade unions and make a joint approach to the Westminster Government, for more funding for Local Government pay. The employers declined to do this and today made the following full and final offer in response to our pay claim:

  • With effect from 1 April 2021, an increase of 2.75% on NJC pay point 1
  • With effect from 1 April 2021, an increase of 1.75% on all NJC pay points 2 and above
  • Completion of the outstanding work of the joint Term-Time Only review group

The employers have also agreed to joint discussions on the following:

  • A national minimum agreement on homeworking policies for all councils.
  • An agreement on a best practice national programme of mental health support for all local authorities and school staff.
  • A joint review of the provisions in the Green Book for maternity / paternity / shared parental / adoption leave.

INITIAL GMB RESPONSE

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

“School staff, refuse collectors and council workers have kept our country moving through the coronavirus crisis, often putting themselves in harm's way.

“Now they are being told by Local Government employers all they deserve is a pay cut. It's a woeful pay offer”.

"Local Government Employers refused to jointly make representation with the unions to the Chancellor on pay, which is frankly disgraceful.

“Local Government workers know they need a proper pay rise – and this isn’t it.

“GMB will now meet with reps to discuss next steps for a ballot on the offer and if this leads to industrial action, members will have our full support.”

Read the full press release.

WHAT NEXT?

GMB will meet with sister unions tomorrow and have arranged a GMB senior reps of the GMB Local Government and Schools Committees to discuss the final pay offer on Tuesday 10th August 2021. GMB senior reps will assess their response to the offer and agree the ballot timeline to ensure all our members have a say on their pay.

 Please ensure your details are up to date as only GMB members will get a vote in our ballot.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic our Local Government, School and Council workers have continued to work tirelessly to keep the country going, working above and beyond the call of duty, putting themselves and their families at risk to support the effort against Covid-19.

 Now that many protections have been removed, we know that our members once again will be on the frontline, providing vital services to the public whilst putting themselves at risk.

GMB’s priority is to make sure your workplace is safe so please do get in touch if you are worried about lack of safety measures at work - publicservices@gmb.org.uk

FIVE WAYS TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON PAY

Help build the union in your workplace.

1. Message a friend on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp

2. Organise a meeting to discuss pay and to build support for the pay rise using our campaign resources

3. Update your details – every GMB member will get their vote make sure your details are up to date.

4. Become a workplace organiser - stand up to injustice in your workplace!

5. Recruit a member - Strength in numbers! The more people who join GMB, the stronger we are!

PAY JUSTICE NOW!

 

Date: 19/07/21

FOA: England workers only.

Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted, England

Dear Colleagues

Please see latest agreed Local Government NJC Circulars | GMB. Please note in this NJC circular we have focused on the need for all risk assessments to be updated as restrictions are lifted in England today. (Separate advice is in place for Wales and Northern Ireland).

Please note the following and the need for employers to work with union reps locally:

  1. For members who have worked from home employers should discuss the timing and phasing of a return with their employees and trade union representatives.
     
  2. Before any changes to COVID-19 control measures are implemented, risk assessments which are associated with the hazard of COVID-19 transmission should be reviewed. This needs to be undertaken in consultation with union representatives, especially where the change to the Government’s guidelines and legislation removes or modifies COVID-19 controls.
     
  3. For Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) please note CEV employees should be offered individual risk assessments and their requests to continue working from home should be properly considered and granted unless there are compelling reasons not to do so. Consideration should be given to requests from employees to be based at a site other than their usual workplace.
     
  4. For other vulnerable groups please note - Employers should update risk assessments and should ensure all measures are taken to minimise the risk of transmission.
     
  5. On Self-Isolation If members are instructed to self-isolate we expect this on normal pay and absence should not be recorded as sickness absence.
     
  6. Vaccinations ­- Employers are asked to ensure that every possible effort is made in providing employees with reasonable time off for members to receive their jab.
     
  7. Face Coverings - Following risk assessments, employers should give consideration to mandating the wearing of face coverings in workplaces, particularly those which are public spaces and / or could become crowded, along with other mitigation measures such as barriers / screens, effective ventilation, and changes to the layout of workplace.

As restrictions have been lifted across England, we need to ensure all updated risk assessments are in place.

GMB Coronavirus Hub resources can be found at here.

Coronavirus Hub

If you feel your workplace is not safe, or would like a GMB rep to support you in making your workplace safe please get in touch with your local GMB office by clicking the button below.

Contact your local team

 


Date: 15/07/2021
FAO: England, Wales, & Northern Ireland

Latest Update on Local Government Pay

In the last GMB update we advised you that we have approached Local Government employers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland setting out our disappointment on the pay offer. 
You will be aware that the employers made a pay offer of 1.5% for 2021.


GMB have asked National Joint Council (NJC) national employers across Local Government, Councils and Schools to join with the trade unions and make a joint approach to the Westminster Government, for more funding for Local Government pay.


The employers are assessing their position on this, and we are expecting a response on this shortly.


We have continued to press for further talks and an improved pay offer. We expect a formal response is coming soon so we are gearing up to ensure that all GMB members have a say on their pay. Please ensure your details are up to date as only GMB members will get a vote in our ballot. 


Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic our Local Government, School and Council workers have continued to work tirelessly to keep the country going, working above and beyond the call of duty, putting themselves and their families at risk to support the effort against Covid-19. Now that many protections will be removed on Monday 19th July, whilst infection rates are rising, we know that our members once again will be on the frontline, providing vital services to the public whilst putting themselves at risk. 


GMB’s priority is to make sure your workplace is safe so please do get in touch if you are worried about lack of safety measures at work

Contact the PS Team

FIVE WAYS TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON PAY 

 

The success of busting the pay freeze was down to members coming together to campaign for pay justice - we need you to do this again. Help build the union in your workplace:

  1. Message a friend on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp
  2. Organise a meeting to discuss pay and to build support for the pay rise using our campaign resources
  3. Update your details – every GMB member will get their vote make sure your details are up to date.
  4. Become a workplace organiser - stand up to injustice in your workplace!
  5. Recruit a member - Strength in numbers! The more people who join GMB, the stronger we are!

You can find resources to help you at the 

Pay Justice Hub


Date: 23/06/2021

GMB writes to Local Government employers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

GMB have written to the NJC national employers across local government, councils and schools asking them to join with the trade unions and make a joint approach to the Westminster Government, for more funding for local government pay.

The employers have made an offer of 1.5% for 2021 and have said that it cannot offer more because local authority finances are severely stretched.  They have made calls for more funding for local government – and for a more stable long-term financial settlement. As unions we have also been campaigning for this, as we have seen the impact Covid has had on local authority budgets, and consequently on services and our members jobs and pay.

Following the pay offer which falls short of our pay claim we need a much stronger message to government, so we have written to the employers calling specifically for them to join us and call for more funding for local government pay.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, local government and council workers have kept the country going, working above and beyond the call of duty, putting themselves and their families at risk to support the effort against Covid-19. GMB have always known how crucial local government staff are, but the pandemic has raised public awareness of the work our members do. For many, that meant doing their normal jobs in more risky situations – for example social workers visiting homes and refuse collectors working in small cabs. But for others it meant being redeployed – like library workers delivering food parcels. Our members in schools are perhaps the best example: while it was often said that schools were closed during the lockdowns it was school support staff who went into schools to provide education for vulnerable children and the children of key workers, while infection rates were extremely high and before there was any protection from a vaccine.

Set against this context, the Employers’ offer of a 1.5% offer is not enough. The NJC trade unions acknowledge the financial situation faced by councils and schools, and for that reason we have written to employers to propose a joint campaign with employers’ bodies, calling for additional funding from Westminster for local government pay.

Full details of the letters can be read below:

ENGLAND WALES NORTHERN IRELAND

 

5 WAYS GET INVOLVED & HAVING YOUR SAY ON PAY:

1. Recruit a member.

Remember union strength is in its numbers so the more people who join GMB, the stronger we are to make a real difference in your work. 

The success of busting the pay freeze was down to members coming together to take an active role in campaigning for pay justice and we need your help again in achieving this.

2. Share on Facebook

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Message someone on WhatsApp

3. Organise a meeting

To discuss pay and to build support for the pay rise. - You can download all the campaign materials at the hub.

GMB is campaigning for pay to be properly funded. Email your local councillors asking them to lobby Government for proper funding for Local Government, Councils and Schools. Click here to email your councillors

4. Lobby your Council

We are asking councillors to debate and sign this model motion for councils.

5. Are you the sort of person who can’t sit and do nothing when you can see injustice or something wrong in your workplace? 

Become a workplace organiser

 

Date: 26/05/2021

VIDEO: Latest information on the pay offer and GMB campaign

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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 

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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!

2020

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

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