I can't remember ever getting an above inflation pay rise since I have been in social work. Last year with inflation running at 4.5% and petrol and energy bills going up every day I was one of the Unison members who went on strike for two days as our pay offer of 2.45% seemed derisory. I'd like to say it was worth it, but the eventual extra 0.3% (which took 11 months to agree)tells its own story. It got me an additional £80 before tax. That's per year -not per week.
And so to the new pay negotiations.
The following is word for word of the message all staff received on Thursday.
Pay 0ffer for 2009/10
You may have already seen in the press information about the pay offer made to local government employees from 1st April 2009 – this message aims to share with you details of that pay offer and the Unions’ position.
There are two important parts of the offer:
The offer is for an increase of 0.50% on all pay points from 1st April 2009
The offer will remain on the table until 1st June. If a negotiated settlement has not been achieved by that date then the offer will be withdrawn and employees will not receive an increase in 2009/10.
These are very difficult times for everybody - local authorities, local government workers and council tax payers. The offer is being made in circumstances where:
• RPI is 0% and likely to be a minus figure in the months ahead
• Companies across the country are going out of business and people are losing their jobs
• Many employees in the private sector are having their pay frozen this year and some have agreed pay cuts to protect jobs
• Local authority finances are stretched to the limit. The recession is increasing demand on our services and reducing our income.
Because of these difficult circumstances the employers had to weigh up very carefully whether any offer at all should be made. But in the end they have decided that an offer of 0.50% is fair recognition of the important work being done by our employees.
Nobody wants a repetition of the long pay negotiations of the last few years so the employers have told the trade unions that the offer will remain on the table until 1 June. If a negotiated agreement has not been achieved by that date then the offer will be withdrawn. If the offer is withdrawn then there would be no pay increase for 2009/10.
0.5% is a fair recognition of the important work being done by us!!! A lesson in how to motivate one's work force don't you think?!?
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