After months of negotiations with unions over the 2007/8 pay deal the Local Government Employers have offered a 3.5% rise for the lowest paid employees and a 2.475% pay increase for all other staff.
The unions have welcomed the employers’ willingness to move beyond the government’s 2% public sector pay limit but point out that it is still below the Retail Price Index measure of inflation, which stands at 3.8%.
For a social worker on a salary of £25,000, the deal will equate to an extra £8 per week after tax or £1.14 a day, enough for an extra cup of coffee, if you’re lucky.
Public sector unions Unison, GMB and TGWU-UNITE had called for 5% and will now consider their next move. Should the unions accept the offer so everybody can move on or should they stand firm and press for more? Have your say on our discussion forum