• EXCLUSIVE: No pay offer until after local elections

    12 March 2024

    Local government employers will not make a pay offer until after the upcoming local elections in May, The MJ understands.

  • Coventry pushes ahead with 'fire and rehire' plan

    05 March 2024

    Coventry City Council has begun a staff consultation over controversial ‘fire and rehire’ proposals.

  • Employers to consult on 10% pay claim

    04 March 2024

    Local government employers will consult on trade unions’ 10% pay claim throughout this month.

  • Union backs strike at Brum

    04 March 2024

    GMB trade union members at Birmingham City Council have voted overwhelmingly to support strike action over perceived delays in settling equal pay claims.

  • Chiefs back ethnicity pay gap reporting

    12 February 2024

    Council chiefs have backed proposals that would place a duty on local authorities to collect data and report on staffing, pay and outcomes by ethnicity.

  • Rayner floats three-year pay deal

    12 February 2024

    An incoming Labour Government could throw its weight behind a longer-term pay deal for the sector to avoid the embarrassment of strikes, well-placed sources have suggested.

  • Sunderland care workers in equal pay dispute

    26 January 2024

    Female care workers in Sunderland are taking legal action against the city council in a row over equal pay.

  • Council set to halve sick pay

    26 January 2024

    Southend Council is planning to halve the amount of sick pay given to staff in a move Unison has described as ‘callous’.

  • GMB to ballot over Brum strikes

    11 December 2023

    Staff at Birmingham City Council will be balloted on potential strike action over equal pay, amid union claims that the commissioner-led authority has delayed settlements.

  • Coventry on collision course with union

    05 December 2023

    Coventry City Council is on collision course with the Unite trade union this month, over controversial proposals to end ‘task and finish’ contracts among waste staff.

  • Unions plan for January pay claim

    28 November 2023

    Local government trade unions are aiming to submit their next one-year pay claim in January, The MJ understands.

  • New offer in pay dispute

    03 November 2023

    More money has been offered in the hope of averting strike action by Scottish Unison members.

  • Council chiefs to receive 3.5% pay increase

    02 November 2023

    Local authority chief executives will receive a 3.5% salary increase backdated to the beginning of April after agreement was reached on this year’s pay award.

  • Unison rejects Scotland’s 10% pay offer

    16 October 2023

    Unison members in Scotland today rejected local government employers’ latest pay deal, which would have seen the lowest-paid staff receive a 10% wage boost.

  • Birmingham agrees job evaluation scheme

    12 October 2023

    Birmingham City Council has agreed to implement a new job evaluation scheme in a major step towards meeting its £750m equal pay liabilities.

  • Employers downplay equal pay risk

    09 October 2023

    Smith Square is monitoring equal pay claims across the sector but remains confident the national job evaluation framework is robust, senior sources have told The MJ.

  • Councils face £3.5bn shortfall

    28 September 2023

    Research has uncovered a £3.5bn shortfall facing councils over the next financial year.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Unions delay next steps discussion

    25 September 2023

    Trade unions have agreed to reconvene to discuss their next steps on the ongoing pay dispute within days of GMB’s strike ballots closing, The MJ understands.

  • Unite suspends strike

    22 September 2023

    The trade union Unite has suspended a planned three-day strike across education and local government in Scotland after receiving a ‘serious’ pay offer from employers.

  • Unions reject latest COSLA offer

    14 September 2023

    The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has warned trade unions face a choice between ‘real cuts to jobs and services’ and increased pay.