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                                                                                 15 January 2008


   LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS DEMAND
           6% OR 50P PER HOUR
The national trade union side for local government has agreed and sent in the 2008 pay
claim for 1.4 million council workers. It is for an increase to all pay points of 6% or 50p
per hour, whichever is the greater. Outstanding claims for improvements to terms and
conditions will be dealt with separately so that the focus of our campaign will be
concentrated on pay.

Last year’s pay deal was worth 2.5% which was well below inflation meaning that people
lost money in real terms. Inflation is now running over 4%, with basic living costs going
through the roof. So we need a good pay increase just to keep up with price rises.

Local authorities have been making savings of over £1 billion a year for the past three
years and have been allowed to make above inflation council tax increases. So employers
can afford a decent pay rise.

Let’s not be fobbed off - we deserve a good pay rise and we’ve earned it.

At the national TU side meeting delegates for all three unions, GMB, Unite (TGWU) and
Unison agreed to campaign fast and hard together. We expect government to try to
keep us down; we expect employers to plead poverty.

So we need to be clear. This year will see council workers stand up for their rights; we
need to start the preparations now because we will surely be heading for industrial
action. Together, united, focussed on that good pay rise our members need and
deserve. Let’s get ready for the fight.
Brian Strutton
Brian Strutton
National Secretary - Public Services Section
www.gmb.org.uk/publicservices


GMB NATIONAL OFFICE                                           CONTACT: Brian Strutton
22-24 Worple Road, London SW19 4DD Telephone: 020 8947 3131   Tel: 020 8971 4255 Fax: 020 8944 6552
www.gmb.org.uk                                                email: brian.strutton@gmb.org.uk

				
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