Rotherham Labour’s Councillor Emma Hoddinott and Councillor Jenny Andrews will present a motion to today’s Council Meeting of Rotherham Council calling on the Government to end the public sector pay cap. Labour Councillor’s will be supporting the call from the trade union movement for an end to the public sector pay restraint.

Cllr Emma Hoddinott

The motion states:

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council notes that:

  • NJC basic pay for local government workers has fallen by 21% since 2010 in real terms.
  • NJC workers had a three-year pay freeze from 2010-2012.
  • Local terms and conditions of many NJC employees have also been cut, impacting on their overall earnings.
  • NJC pay is the lowest in the public sector.
  • Job evaluated pay structures are being squeezed and distorted by bottom-loaded NJC pay settlements needed to reflect the increased National Living Wage and the Foundation Living Wage.
  • There are growing equal and fair pay risks resulting from this situation. 

This Council therefore supports the NJC pay claim for 2018, submitted by UNISON, GMB and Unite on behalf of Council and school workers and calls for the immediate end of public sector pay restraint. NJC pay cannot be allowed to fall further behind other parts of the public sector.

This Council also welcomes the joint review of the NJC pay spine to remedy the turbulence caused by bottom-loaded pay settlements. This Council also notes the drastic ongoing cuts to local government funding and calls on the Government to provide additional funding to fund a decent pay rise for NJC employees and the pay spine review. 

This Council therefore resolves to:

  • Call immediately on the LGA to make urgent representations to Government to fund the NJC claim and the pay spine review and notify us of their action in this regard.
  • Write to the Prime Minister and Chancellor supporting the NJC pay claim and seeking additional funding to fund a decent pay rise and the pay spine review.
  • Meet with local NJC union representatives to convey support for the pay claim and the pay spine review.

Proposer:- Councillor Hoddinott  Seconder:- Councillor Andrews.

Local Government pay has fallen by 21% in real terms since 2010. Across the public sector, hard working people are being hit by the pay freeze. The Labour Party is calling for the pay cap to be scrapped for all public sector workers. Also, Labour committed to raising the National Minimum Wage to £10 an hour for all workers aged 18 or over by 2020 in the recent 2017 General Election.

You can read the agenda for the Council Meeting of Rotherham Council, to be be held today on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at 2.00pm, here.

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