Vaccinated social care staff no longer required to self-isolate
Health leaders have been left divided by the Government’s announcement that fully vaccinated social care staff and NHS workers who have been told to self-isolate will be allowed to continue working.
Cummings: Care home shielding claim nonsense
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser has described government suggestions that care homes were shielded in the pandemic as ‘complete nonsense’.
Employers offer 1.5% 'paltry' pay rise
Councils are facing a £279m increase to the national pay bill after offering 1.5m employees a 1.5% increase for 2021-22.
Unions reject Scots pay offer
Trade unions in Scotland have formally rejected employers’ pay offer of an £800 lower-rate pay rise for 2021, dismissing the sum as an unacceptably poor response to staff efforts during COVID-19.
Unison call for election safety measures
The Government needs to implement strict measures in May’s local elections to keep staff safe, trade union Unison urged today.
Employers branded a 'disgrace' over pay delay
Council employers have been branded a ‘disgrace’ after they said they would not respond to a union pay claim until after the May 6 elections.
Unions call for 10% pay rise for council staff
Three local government unions have called for a wage increase of at least 10% for all council and school workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Split emerges as exit pay cap case approaches
Divisions have emerged between the Local Government Association (LGA) and groups challenging the exit pay cap.
Unions prepare to submit 'substantial' pay claim
Trade unions are preparing to ask central government to fund a ‘substantial’ pay rise for council workers in 2021/22, The MJ understands.
Self-isolation funds ‘too little, too late’
Funding for council schemes supporting people forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 do not go far enough, according to new research.
Welsh may escape exit pay cap
Welsh workers could be spared from the Government’s strict public sector exit pay cap.
Scots union calls for urgent meeting to address funding
Unison Scotland has called for an urgent meeting with Scottish finance secretary Kate Forbes in a bit to address the growing finance crisis.
The Government’s actions ‘don’t match the words’
Rather than recognising the role of council workers during COVID-19, the Government has prioritised hitting their terms and conditions, says Christina McAnea of Unison.
Legal action threatened over exit cap
Three local government groups have joined together to threaten a judicial review over the Government’s £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments.
Exit cap signed into law
The £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments was signed into law last night and will come into force on November 4.
Saying what you see
Diary is all too familiar with typographical mishaps. Working on a website and a weekly mag is a minefield of possible blunders and bloopers.
Section 114 warning for troubled Thanet
The Section 151 officer of troubled Thanet DC has warned he may be forced to issue a Section 114 notice.
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.
Union calls for redundancy consultation pause
Croydon LBC has been urged to pause its consultation on mass redundancies by trade union Unite.