EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised
One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.
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.
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.
Council called out on bullying and harassment
Cheshire East Council has a bullying and harassment problem, the Local Government Association (LGA) has concluded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unions claim 'huge victory' in equal pay case
Trade unions have claimed a ‘huge victory’ in a long-running equal pay case against St Helens MBC after the authority dropped a legal appeal.
Fostering tribunal could have national impact
Hampshire CC is facing a landmark employment tribunal at which a foster carer will argue for workers' rights such as holiday pay and discrimination protection.
Key council vote on management overhaul
Lancashire CC’s cabinet is to vote today on a controversial new senior management structure that could force the departure of chief executive Jo Turton.
Local authorities lending weight to staff pay rise calls
Councils are piling on the pressure to give local government staff a pay rise by backing trade union calls.
Barnsley and Doncaster to walk away from South Yorkshire deal
Barnsley and Doncaster MBCs have scuppered the election of a South Yorkshire elected mayor next year and have demanded a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal.
McDonnell: Do not let officers determine policies
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned Labour councillors not to let their officers determine the policies of their councils.
Pay cap pressure grows
Trade union Unison has issued fresh pleas for the Government to scrap the public sector pay cap.
Brum leader faces down pressure to quit
Birmingham City Council’s leader was battling for his political survival this week as he faced down calls for him to quit over the long-running bin dispute.
Birmingham bin strike back on after Clancy backtrack
Trade union Unite has decided to go back on strike in its long-running dispute with Birmingham City Council after senior councillors heeded warnings from senior officers.
Birmingham’s leader on the horns of a dilemma
The dispute over Birmingham's bin strike has pushed John Clancy into an alley with one union cutting off one escape route and another union blocking the other. Michael Burton says the leader is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.