Pay talks between management and staff in local government are at a deadlock following the offer of a 3 per cent pay rise.
The Employers’ Organisation for Local Government (EOfLG) has offered a 3 per cent pay rise to staff, but the unions are demanding a £1,000 flat rate pay claim.
The EOfLG has claimed that 97 per cent of local councils could not afford a flat rate increase.
An EOfLG spokesperson said, “A 3 per cent increase will put the local council minimum wage on £4.64, which is over a pound more than the national minimum and 50p more than NHS lowest pay.”
Talks will the unions will recommence on 20 March.
By Paul Nelson