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From: The Socialist issue 964, 27 September 2017: Tories out! Corbyn in! - with socialist policies

Search site for keywords: Surrey - Pay - Council - Unison - Public sector - Paul Couchman - Government

Surrey County Council staff on collision course over pay freeze

A Unison picket, 10.4.14, Hackney, photo Paul Mattsson

A Unison picket, 10.4.14, Hackney, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Unison Surrey County branch

Surrey County Council employees in public sector union Unison are being balloted over an offer from the local authority which has been described by lead Unison negotiator Paul Couchman as a 'slap in the face' for long-standing members of staff.

While the government continues to impose an unacceptable pay cap of 1% on this year's cost-of-living increases, Surrey council have actually decided not to offer a cost of living increase at all. While inflation hovers at 2-3% and when gas and electricity prices look to be rising by over 10%, this 'offer' will do nothing to relieve the cost-of-living pressures on county council staff.

Office for National Statistics data shows that public sector pay increased by 4.1% between 2010 and 2016, whereas rents went up by 17%, the cost of electricity went up by 28%, the cost of sending a child to nursery school went up by 21% and the cost of UK holidays went up by 27%.

The council has agreed to allow staff to move up their pay scales by a meagre 1% or by an incremental step (depending on their job role) but these incremental steps have been effectively capped or frozen for the past ten years.

Unison is also campaigning for a serious increase in the council's minimum wage rates - currently 8.25 an hour, less than the UK Living Wage Foundation's (LWF) 8.45 an hour. The council's offer does include an increase to a minimum of 8.46 an hour and an agreement to review this when the LWF adjusts its figures in November. The council is aiming to achieve the government's target of a 9 an hour minimum wage by 2020 - Unison believes this is not ambitious enough given the clear levels of in-work poverty across Surrey.

Paul Couchman said: "No-one seriously believes that public sector workers should have yet another year of pay misery. Yet Surrey council is not just suggesting a 1% pay cap - it wants to impose a total pay freeze on its staff.

"Last year, we recommended acceptance of what was actually still a fairly poor offer which was improved through negotiation. This year the council has come back with an even worse offer. We cannot accept this and call on all our members to vote No in our current ballot and be ready to take action if the council does not renegotiate."







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