Unions demand 5% pay rise for school and council workers

Britain's biggest unions are demanding a 5% pay rise for 1.6m local government workers whose living standards have “plummeted’.


Unison, Unite and the GMB said the claim follows eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, which has seen wages for school and council workers frozen or held to a 1% rise.


Union leaders say the 5% claim will help to narrow the gap between falling wages and the rising cost of living and want employers to move the lowest paid staff on to the voluntary Living Wage of £8.45 an hour (£9.75 an hour in London).


Heather Wakefield, Unison’s head of local government, said: “Local government has the lowest paid workers in the public sector, and many council employees and their families are struggling to keep afloat. With every price increase, their standard of living gets worse.


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