by Tim Lezard The three unions which represent more than 1.5 million workers in local government and schools – GMB, UNISON and Unite have today suspended strike action planned for Tuesday. The unions will consult their members on new proposals put forw …

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The three unions which represent more than 1.5 million workers in local government and schools – GMB, UNISON and Unite have today suspended strike action planned for Tuesday.

The unions will consult their members on new proposals put forward by the Local Government Association.

They 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 LGA. 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.

The unions will now move forward together to consult their members.

GMB national secretary Brian Strutton said: “It has proved extremely difficult to persuade the local government employers to agree new pay proposals for us to consult our members on.  But now we have an agreed set of new proposals which we will consult on and while doing that GMB is suspending the strike planned for 14 October.  We will issue more details about the consultation shortly.”

UNISON Head of Local Government, Heather Wakefield said: “These have been tough negotiations, in a tough financial climate for local government and our members. It is right that those members – who are keeping councils and schools going in tough conditions – will now have the chance to make their voice heard by voting on the LGA’s proposals.”

Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: “This new improved offer would not have been achieved without the resolve of our members who stood together to force the employers back around the negotiating table.

“We believe the offer is the best achievable by negotiation, but local government employers and the government should be under no illusions that we will continue to campaign against poverty pay in local government.

“Industrial action is now suspended while members are consulted on whether to accept the new offer.”


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