UNISON local government staff accept pay deal

Work will now begin on a fair award for next year

UNISON council workers have agreed to accept a 2.75% pay offer for this year.

The Barnsley branch conducted a consultation of its local government and school based members using online and postal ballots. The closing date was Monday 10th August. Of the Barnsley members sent an online or postal ballot, 28% participated in the consultation.Of those who participated, 71% voted to accept the pay offer and 29% voted to reject it.

Nationally, staff in the local government sector voted two to one (66%) in favour of the 2020/21 pay award, which will apply to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The union’s national joint council committee accepted the offer from employers, but said it fell far short of the 10% claim and did not properly reward key workers for their exceptional contributions throughout the pandemic.

UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said: “Council staff have gone above and beyond to keep communities safe and services running over the past few months.

“Work will now begin on next year’s claim and employers must work with us to secure additional funding from the government. This is so council workers get the decent, fair reward they deserve.”