Surveys to gather evidence on low pay

Public sector union Unison is to conduct a series of surveys in a
bid to collate evidence about pay and conditions at councils to
submit to the Local Government Pay Commission.

The commission was set up as part of a settlement between local
government unions and employers to tackle the long-term structural
problems which have resulted in low pay in local government.

“We want to make sure that the Local Government Pay Commission
hears the authentic voice of frontline staff,” said Unison’s head
of local government Heather Wakefield.

The two surveys concentrate on unpaid overtime, employers’
understanding of the responsibilities of frontline staff, training,
experiences of violence at work, and whether the job has changed
under new Labour.

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