UNISON Cymru Wales members are to lobby the Local Government Association (LGA) today (Thursday 1 October), for fair pay for local government workers. UNISON activists from across Wales will gather at 10.15am at the LGA’s pay briefing road show at the Builth Wells showground, to call for pay justice for school and council workers in 2016.
Jane Iles, UNISON Cymru Wales local government committee chair said:
“Our basic pay has gone down by 20% since 2010 and our conditions have been cut. Our workloads continue to grow to deal with government cuts and we are very stressed. We, the lowest paid in the public sector, cannot keep communities and schools together on falling incomes. Justice must be done.”
Dominic MacAskill, head of local government at UNISON Cymru Wales said:
“The Welsh Local Government Association must stand up for hardworking school and council employees and ensure that there is enough money to pay the real living wage rate of £7.85 per hour to the lowest paid and a £1 an hour increase for everyone else. All we are asking for is fair and decent rates of pay for all those people who perform valuable jobs for our communities.”
UNISON Cymru Wales is circulating a petition around local government workers in support of its campaign for pay justice and all council and school workers are encouraged to sign up.
Dominic MacAskill, UNISON head of local government on 07944 171 605
Alastair Gittins, UNISON press officer on 07816 538397