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Local government workers deserve a pay rise

GMB is proud to be the union for local government workers. From refuse collectors to teaching assistants, we represent and negotiate on behalf of thousands of workers who keep the country running. 

We’re relying on these and other public service superheroes even more than ever. They are our most precious resource. 

But years of pay restraint have left a majority of the workforce lagging behind their real-terms pay from 2009. With demand increasing, they’re being asked to do more for less. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, GMB, along with the other local government unions, submitted a ‘catch up’ pay claim. We’re now calling on the government to urgently fund the pay rise that local government and schools workers deserve. 

We want your support to make this happen. You can help by asking for your councillor’s support for the pay claim. Fill in the form on this page and click 'sign now' and the email will automatically be sent to your local councillors. 

Email to your councillors

Dear Councillor, 

As a local resident, I am writing to ask for your support for our key workers across local government and schools, and their unions’ pay claim for local government workers. 

As you know very well, council workers have shouldered a heavy burden in the years of austerity with cuts of around 60% to government funding for local authorities. 

During this pandemic, many local government workers are being asked to do more, as demand for services – such as in care – has increased, with a lot less. They are now working in an unprecedented environment keeping us safe and well. 

GMB’s campaign for pay justice calls for a reversal of the sharp cuts to living standards experienced by local government workers since 2009/10. 

Its only right that central government provides a key workers’ allowance to boost the tabled 2.75% from the Local Government Association so I am asking that you write to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and call on him to release the funds.

Click here to see and send a model email.

You can also tweet your support for GMB members who are Key Workers by using the hashtag #GoPublic  

Many thanks in advance. 

Yours sincerely 

[SIGNATORY] 

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As a local resident, I am writing to ask for your support for our key workers across local government and schools, and their unions’ pay claim for local government workers.

As you know very well, council workers have shouldered a heavy burden in the years of austerity with cuts of around 60% to government funding for local authorities.

During this pandemic, many local government workers are being asked to do more, as demand for services – such as in care – has increased, with a lot less. They are now working in an unprecedented environment keeping us safe and well.

GMB’s campaign for pay justice calls for a reversal of the sharp cuts to living standards experienced by local government workers since 2009/10.

Its only right that central government provides a key workers’ allowance to boost the tabled 2.75% from the Local Government Association so I am asking that you write to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and call on him to release the funds. Click here to see and send a model email.

You can also tweet your support for GMB members who are Key Workers by using the hashtag #GoPublic

Many thanks in advance.

Yours sincerely

Sign now!

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