Responding to the local government unions’ 2018 pay claim for a 5 per cent pay increase for all staff, Chair of the National Employers, Cllr Sian Timoney, said:
“We will be consulting with councils in the coming weeks on pay across the workforce and in particular how we can meet the challenge of the Government’s proposed level of the National Living Wage over the next few years. The unions’ claim will form part of the consultation.
“We recognise that public sector workers have had lower than average pay awards for a few years now, but local government continues to face significant financial challenges so we are surprised that the unions are seeking such an ambitious pay award. Local government has lost more than half a million jobs in recent years and meeting this claim would result in many more such job losses.”