The most recent local government employers’ pay offer of 2.75% across all pay grades and an increase of one day on the minimum level of annual leave with the promise of future discussions on stress and the minimum wage has been rejected by the joint Union negotiating panel of which UNISON is a key member. Further talks are to be arranged.

The reason for the rejection is to allow time for the employers to approach the Government to seek additional funding, especially at a time of national health crisis when the role of low paid local government and allied staff has never been more important in keeping vital community services functioning. Further updates will follow.