Councils braced for pay increases of 3 per centOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Unison is consulting members this week on a 3 per cent pay rise offer madeby local authority employers in what is the biggest single pay negotiation inthe country.The offer, made at a meeting on 29 February, will cover 1.3 million staffand add £390m to the pay bill of local authorities.Many councils will struggle to afford the increase with job losses likely asa result, local government body The Employers’ Organisation said.Despite asking for 5 per cent and an extra five days leave, Unison acceptsthe deal is the best it can hope for through negotiation.General secretary designate Dave Prentis, told Personnel Today he believesthe “overwhelming majority” of members will accept the offer. Headded that it was higher than expected.”This was the second meeting. Originally it was suggested that theycould not afford anything like 3 per cent, given the restrictions on publicfunding,” he said.Rob Pinkham, deputy director of The Employers’ Organisation, said it will bea difficult settlement for many councils to finance.”Most of the authorities we spoke to said they could afford no morethan 2.5 per cent, but in light of what has happened elsewhere – such asteachers getting 3.3 per cent – we decided a settlement below 3 per cent was unrealistic.”Rita Sammons, president of Socpo and adviser to the national joint council,said, “With Best Value so close to us, staff morale is more important thanever, so we felt this was the right offer. “Some councils will find it difficult but it has been a question oftrying to balance a lot of issues and trying to settle it quickly.”By Dominique Hammondwww.lg-employers.gov.uk Comments are closed.