Unions claim 'huge victory' in equal pay case
Trade unions have claimed a ‘huge victory’ in a long-running equal pay case against St Helens MBC after the authority dropped a legal appeal.
Fostering tribunal could have national impact
Hampshire CC is facing a landmark employment tribunal at which a foster carer will argue for workers' rights such as holiday pay and discrimination protection.
Key council vote on management overhaul
Lancashire CC’s cabinet is to vote today on a controversial new senior management structure that could force the departure of chief executive Jo Turton.
Local authorities lending weight to staff pay rise calls
Councils are piling on the pressure to give local government staff a pay rise by backing trade union calls.
Barnsley and Doncaster to walk away from South Yorkshire deal
Barnsley and Doncaster MBCs have scuppered the election of a South Yorkshire elected mayor next year and have demanded a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal.
McDonnell: Do not let officers determine policies
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned Labour councillors not to let their officers determine the policies of their councils.
Pay cap pressure grows
Trade union Unison has issued fresh pleas for the Government to scrap the public sector pay cap.
Brum leader faces down pressure to quit
Birmingham City Council’s leader was battling for his political survival this week as he faced down calls for him to quit over the long-running bin dispute.
Birmingham bin strike back on after Clancy backtrack
Trade union Unite has decided to go back on strike in its long-running dispute with Birmingham City Council after senior councillors heeded warnings from senior officers.
Birmingham’s leader on the horns of a dilemma
The dispute over Birmingham's bin strike has pushed John Clancy into an alley with one union cutting off one escape route and another union blocking the other. Michael Burton says the leader is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
Birmingham officers in warning over bin deal
A row is brewing between Birmingham City Council’s management and senior councillors over how to end the long-running industrial dispute with bin men.
Stephenson steps down after post axed
Derbyshire CC’s chief executive has stepped down after the council agreed to abolish the post along with that of assistant chief executive and strategic director of corporate resources.
Union slams suspension of backdated social care ‘sleep-in’ staff payments
Whitehall action to prop-up social care providers has been criticised by local government’s largest trade union.
Scale of overtime revealed by union
A third of social workers regularly work unpaid overtime in order to keep local authority services going, a new study by the GMB trade union has found.
A more volatile environment for senior managers
Sam Clayden reports on the alarming rise in dismissals and suspensions of chief executives and the fallout it creates.
Pressure mounts on 1% pay cap
Local government employers are contemplating a two-year pay offer as they battle to keep rises affordable, The MJ understands.
Why 1% is not an option
Heather Wakefield argues it’s time for the Treasury to put its hands in its pockets for vital workers in schools and councils.
Juggling George Osborne’s ‘little present’ on pay
A disproportionate share of low-paid workers makes town hall employers more exposed to a hike in wage bills than other parts of the public sector, exacerbating pay talks pressures, writes Jonathan Werran.
Bring back business rates retention plans, government urged
The chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), Lord Porter, has called on the Government to resurrect the dropped business rates retention scheme.
Unison calls for lifting of 1% public sector pay cap
General secretary of trade union Unison, Dave Prentis, this week called on the Government to lift the public sector pay cap.