“UNISON and other local government unions have now submitted the following pay claim for 2021 to the Local Government Association. This is the body representing local authority employers in pay negotiations with trade unions.

  1. 2021 Pay Claim

Calling for a substantial pay increase with a minimum of 10% on all spinal column points.

  1. 2021 Conditions Claim

Calling for

  • The introduction of a homeworking allowance for all staff who are working from home.
  • A national minimum agreement on homeworking policies for all councils
  • A reduction of the working week to 35 hours with no loss of pay, and a reduction to 34 hours a week in London. Part-time staff to be given a choice of a pro rata reduction, or retaining the same hours and being paid a higher percentage of FTE
  • A minimum of 25 days annual leave plus public holidays and statutory days for all starting employees plus an extra day holiday on all other holiday rates that depend on service.
  • An agreement on a best practice national programme of mental health support for all local authorities and school staff.
  • A joint review of job descriptions, routes for career developments and pay banding for school support staff, and completion of the outstanding work of the joint term-time only review group.
  • A joint review of the provisions in the Green Book for maternity / paternity / shared parental /adoption leave.

UNISON members will be updated via the Branch website and Facebook page when we receive a formal response from the employers.”