The three unions which represent more than 1.5 million workers in local government and schools – UNISON, GMB and UNITE – decided on Thursday 9th October 2014 to suspend strike action planned for 14 October and consult their members on new proposals put forward by the Local Government Association as the best achievable by negotiation.
The proposals cover the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016.
In doing so, all three unions have made it clear that they want to strengthen the collective bargaining machinery covering local government and schools and move quickly to jointly tackle important issues facing their members with the Local Government Association. Members covered by the National Joint Council for Local Government have the lowest pay in the public sector and have suffered significant attacks on their conditions of work in recent years.
Please Note: Members of the West Berkshire Council Local Government Branch are not covered directly by the NJC pay award mechanism which WBC does not wish to be formally bound by, but neither do we have a formal local pay agreement. The situation for many years now is that WBC undertakes to match the NJC pay award once agreed and has always done so thus far.