Council low paid to get extra £100 pay uplift

The lowest paid local government workers will get an additional £100 a year pending arbitration of employer’s 2.45% pay offer for 2008-9, Unison has confirmed.

The union welcomed the employer’s uplift, saying it would “bring some comfort” to workers struggling to cope with the rising costs of everyday essentials.

The interim payment will be backdated to April this year.

Last month, the GMB, Unison and Unite decided to refer the dispute over employers’ 2.45% offer for council staff to Acas, following protracted negotiations and a two-day strike in July.

Heather Wakefield, Unison’s head of local government, said she was hopeful for an early decision from Acas.

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