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GMB council workers vote 'YES' to local authority pay deal

Local authority employees in the 700,000 strong GMB have voted 2-1 to accept a 3-year 8.9% pay offer.

The deal also provides for new pay and grading structures worth another 4.5% which will deliver equal pay throughout councils in England, Wales and N. Ireland within 3 years.

GMB National Secretary, Brian Strutton said:

“GMB members do not believe that the basic pay offer of 8.9% over 3 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. The real culprit is the chronic underfunding of local government which keeps wages at poverty levels.

“At our pay conference today GMB delegates welcomed the move to eradicate pay inequality. It was back in 1997 that local authorities agreed to equalise men and women’s pay but after 7 years only 25% had done so.

“The other 75% must now get on with it so that by 2007 the shameful and unjustifiable differences between what a man and a women earns will be gone.”


June 2004


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