£95k cap will 'erode council rights'
The looming £95,000 cap on exit payments in the public sector will erode the rights of councils to decide workforce changes, a vice-president of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Council workers warned of ‘assault on pensions’
Legislation making its way through Parliament could have dire consequences for the pensions of local government employees across the board, a union has warned.
Putting the spotlight on pension strain
Since the proposals for an exit payment cap of £95,000 emerged, ALACE has consistently argued that pension strain ‘should not be counted or should be counted in a fair way’, says Tracey Lee.
Pay boost for care workers following tribunal
A group of homecare workers have been awarded £100,000 in backdated pay in a tribunal ruling that could have further implications for the sector.
Now is not the time to downgrade council chiefs
York's top team reorganisation could end up being a case of putting cost before value, says Heather Jameson. 'Now is not the time to downgrade the chief executive, it is time to celebrate what an extraordinary job they do', she adds.
£95k exit payment cap to come into force before 2021
The Government plans to bring its proposed £95,000 cap on public servants’ exit payments into force before the end of this calendar year, The MJ understands.
Local government pay deal agreed
Local government has accepted a 2.75% pay increase, it has been confirmed, despite objections from Unite.
EXCLUSIVE: Resistant shielders could be docked pay
Council employees who have been shielding could be docked pay if they refuse to return to work.
Unite members reject 'insulting' council pay offer
The majority of members of Unite the union have rejected the 2.75% pay offer.
Councils ‘disempowered and sidelined’
Councils should be given responsibility for the coronavirus test and trace system, a group of experts has recommended.
Exit payment rules are over-regulation, experts claim
The Government’s latest attempts to crack down on exit payments have been branded as over-regulation which will hit lower paid staff more than the senior officials it was aimed at.
Chancellor accused of 'selective memory' over council workers' pay
Council staff are the 'forgotten army of public service' and are being denied a 'decent' pay rise, a union said today.
EXCLUSIVE: Labour support for bigger pay rise revealed
Labour has distanced itself from rival parties’ decision to block the Local Government Association (LGA) lobbying for a bigger pay rise for council workers.
Jenrick comes under pressure on council pay
Trade unions have directly approached local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, to provide a ‘fully funded, proper pay rise for local government workers’.
Unite to ballot members over ‘insulting’ council pay offer
Around 100,000 council workers will be asked if they want to accept or reject the 2.75% pay offer.
Wage boards advocated for care workers
Wage boards should be created for low paid staff to improve pay and conditions starting with social care, says a Resolution Foundation report.
Havering furloughs 260 workers
Havering LBC has furloughed 260 of its workers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Council to furlough 300 staff
Chelmsford City Council is to furlough hundreds of culture and leisure services employees as coronavirus takes its toll on the authority’s finances
EXCLUSIVE: LGA split over worker bonus
A cross-party agreement that the Local Government Association (LGA) would lobby for a coronavirus payment to staff was ditched after senior councillors blocked the move, The MJ can reveal.
EXCLUSIVE: LGA bonus rejection 'slap in the face'
A top union official has branded English councils’ refusal to rally behind a campaign for a workers’ coronavirus bonus as a ‘slap in the face’.