New pay award for local government workers

Members of all three local government unions have voted to accept a two-year pay deal from the Local Government Association, resolving a dispute that had seen workers take strike action.

The vote of Unison, GMB and Unite members ends a row over pay for local government and school support workers after the LGA initially offered only a 1% pay increase for most workers in 2014/15.

Following a strike on Thursday 10 July 2014 and a threatened further strike last month, the LGA made an improved offer of a 2.2% increase on local government pay grades, known as spinal column points, 11 and above across the period from next January to 31 March 2016. One-off lump sum payments would also be made.

Chairman of NALC, Cllr Ken Browse said: "We are pleased that after a long dispute that an agreement with the unions had now been reached. It is a reward for our hard working employees who are working alongside elected members to make a positive difference in our conmmunities."

The National Agreement between National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) calculates the hourly rate for Clerks/Assistant Clerks/RFOs employed under terms of the model employment contract by using the formula of annual salary divided by 52 weeks divided by 37 hours rounded to the third decimal place. This differs very slightly from the formula used by NJC which divides annual salary by 52.143 weeks (which is 365 days divided by 7, rounded to the third decimal place) divided by 37.

The National Minimum Wage increased on 1 October 2014 from £6.31 per hour to £6.50 per hour. The salary for SCP5 must be paid in accordance with the national minimum wage. Using the NJC's formula, the full-time salary for SCP5 is £12,540 from 1 October 2014. Using NALC and SLCC's formula, the full-time salary is £12,506, which is calculated by multiplying the new minimum hourly rate of £6.50 by 37 hours and then by 52 weeks.

As a result, staff employed under the NALC and SLCC model contract on SCP5 should be paid salary of £12,506, back-dated to 1 October 2014. The calculation should be pro-rated for part-time employees.



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