Published August 3, 2017 at 9:49
The Blackburn with Darwen UNISON Branch welcomes the move by the Council and would like to thank them for their support in calling on the Government to end unfair policy of pay restraint for public sector workers.
This Council calls upon the government to end the unfair policy of pay restraint for public sector workers – if the government can find £1bn to “encourage “ the DUP to support the Conservative Party in Parliament, it can find the money to pay a decent wage to public sector workers who, on a daily basis, work to provide the vital front line services that the country depends on.
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In particular, this Council sympathises with the background to the NJC pay claim for 2018, submitted by UNISON, GMB and Unite on behalf of council and school workers. This Council also welcomes the joint review of the NJC pay spine to remedy the turbulence caused by bottom-loaded pay settlements. This Council however is increasingly concerned regarding the impact of the drastic ongoing cuts to local government funding and the tough choices on services that are being left for local councils to make and therefore calls on the Government to provide the additional funding for this pay rise.
The Council fully supports the national bargaining arrangements and considers provision of funds to facilitate meaningful and fair negotiations is a reasonable expectation following years of real time cuts in public sector pay.
The Government needs to take responsibility and fully fund increases in pay; it should not put the burden on public sector employers such as local authorities whose funding has been cut to the bone.
- This Council therefore resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to the LGA to make urgent representations to Government to provide adequate funding for the NJC pay negotiations and pay spine review and notify us of their action in this regard.
- Write to the Prime Minister and Chancellor calling for an end to further public sector pay cuts and request proper funding for public services.
Proposer: Cllr Jim Shorrock
Seconder: Cllr Ron Whittle