authority employees in the GMB union have voted 2-1 to accept a three-year 8.9
per cent pay offer.
deal also provides for new pay and grading structures worth another 4.5 per
cent, which will deliver equal pay throughout councils in England, Wales and
Northern Ireland within three years.
national secretary Brian Strutton said: "GMB members do not believe that
the basic pay offer of 8.9 per cent over three years properly recognises the
value of front-line service providers, but they have taken the pragmatic view
that this is the best that can be achieved.
real culprit is the chronic underfunding of local government which keeps wages
at poverty levels."