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Joint statement: local government pay negotiations

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008

Local government unions Unite. Unison and the National Employers, in the context of the current dispute on the 2008 pay settlement, agree that a new era of employment is needed to reflect properly the contribution of the workforce in purview of the NJC to service improvements and the future needs of local people.

Therefore, to secure this new settlement, the partners are committed to immediate serious and meaningful negotiations over a range of issues, including those in the trade union claim this year and a full review of the national conditions of service. These discussions will be on the basis of nothing ruled in or out and will aim to conclude with early proposals that recognise the aspirations of the workforce in the context of the financial position of local government.

Both the National Employers and UNISON and Unite will enter into these negotiations constructively  on Wednesday 13th August with the aim of securing an employment package which is fit for the future with positive industrial relations, high quality and efficient local services and resolves the current dispute.

Peter Allenson, National Organiser Unite said "the first meeting will determine the scope of the negotiations, the timetabling of those negotiations and the process.  There is no doubt that these are going to be very difficult negotiations.  We will therefore not let up on our pay campaign and the momentum must be maintained."

A full copy of the joint statement is available in the news section download area.

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