Youth workers, care workers, refuse collectors, social workers, teaching assistants, community workers, street cleaners and so many more go above and beyond every single day. Local government staff were on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis – keeping communities safe, clean and accessible during one of the most challenging periods ever seen by local authorities in peacetime. Yet there was little or no recognition for your hard work, only broken promises from a government who initially claimed they would do “whatever is necessary” to support local government.
With the cost of living skyrocketing to new highs every day, it’s no longer enough to state you deserve decent pay for the work you do – you need it.
Over the past 12 years, NJC staff have lost on average 27.5%from the value of their pay when measured against the Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation. The latest Foundation Living Wage rates mean that Local Government is now competing in a labour market where many comparable employers are paying more to entry level or low paid staff – with the bottom three NJC pay points now falling below the £9.90 UK Foundation Living Wage rate.
Council and school staff are at breaking point. They need more in their pay packet to pay for food, for housing, for fuel.
We are asking for a flat rate pay increase of £2,000 or the current RPI rate, whichever is the greater, which will mean that everyone gets an increase and those on the lowest pay bands will get the added boost they sorely need.