Councils welcome SNP-Green deal
Councils have welcomed a deal between Holyrood finance secretary Derek Mackay and Scottish Greens, which claimed they had secured £170m extra cash for local authorities.
Are we being priced out?
Public sector workers are experiencing a real-terms pay cut, while senior managers have seen their income cut dramatically in the past eight years. Sam Clayden unveils the latest pay research by Unison.
Superhumans wanted – for a fair wage
If local government wants to thrive, it needs to be able to attract the best talent, writes Heather Jameson.
EXCLUSIVE: Public and private sectors poles apart in senior pay
Senior council staff now earn around six times less than their private sector counterparts, research obtained by The MJ has found.
Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' sector
Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.
Reading the small print of the Trade Union Act
As the unions look set to oppose employers' pay offer, Kim Howell assesses how changes to the Trade Union Act 2016 might affect future disputes.
Council backs union pay claim but national employers stand firm
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has backed the unions’ 5% pay claim as national employers continue to argue their 2% offer is ‘significantly more beneficial’ this year.
Unison rejects pay offer in surprise vote
Unison has become the second local government union to reject the 2% pay offer proposed by employers.
Scottish government under pressure over council pay
Scotland’s Government is under pressure to reverse planned council budget cuts after MSPs warned ministers created an ‘expectation’ town hall staff would receive pay hikes.
Union recommends pay offer rejection
Trade union Unite has urged local government to enter ‘meaningful’ pay negotiations after recommending its members reject the 2% offer proposed by employers.
Council leaders demand end to pay cap
Nearly 100 council leaders have written to the chancellor demanding extra funding for workers and an end to the public sector pay cap.
A 2% pay rise will help retain hard-pressed staff
Councils want to pay staff more, but they can only afford 2%, writes Heather Jameson.
Local government submits pay offer
Local government employers have offered town hall staff a 2% pay rise for each of the next two years – doubling the current ‘limit’ across the public sector.
Deal to end Brum bin strike
Birmingham City Council’s long-running dispute with union Unite appears to be over after the sides brokered a deal protecting pay while modernising waste management roles.
Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech
Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.
Budget needs to back local government
Head of local government at Grant Thornton UK, Paul Dossett, says there are no areas where further significant cuts can be made that wouldn’t seriously jeopardise future service delivery.
Treasury windfall from council pay rise
The Treasury would save 39% of the cost of awarding council workers the pay rise called for in their 2018 claim, according to new research published today by trade union Unison.
We don't pay homecare workers enough
Michael Bracey argues the sector needs to look again at how much it is prepared to pay for homecare and homecare workers.
Local government can lead the way on the Living Wage
Cllr Andy Hull explains how Islington LBC is working to ensure people in the borough - those employed by the council and outside - are paid the National Living Wage.
Rate rise adds 'insult to injury' for public sector workers
The Bank of England's interest rate rise adds 'insult to injury' for public sector employees, union chief Dave Prentis has claimed.