Following our response, and UNISON’s national response, to the employers’ latest inadequate pay proposals, today UNISON nationally report the following:

The NJC joint secretaries met on Thursday 2 October following UNISON’s earlier rejection of the pay proposals.

UNISON pushed hard for the Local Government Association (LGA) to recognise the importance of an improved offer for our members, and the response was fairly positive, though no further proposals were tabled.

The joint secretaries’ meeting was followed by a separate meeting between the employers’ side, the LGA regional directors and senior elected members.

UNISON understands that our call for improved proposals was not rejected and that further discussions are now taking place between LGA political group leaders.

We are awaiting the outcome of those discussions and will obviously let members know as soon as there any developments – positive or otherwise.

In summary, the employers’ side of our pay dispute have taken on board UNISON’s rejection of their recent proposals and our request to improve the offer, so we look forward to seeing whether they’ll now make a new offer to us soon.

While we wait, the strike next Tuesday, 14 October, is still on, which we hope will be keeping their discussions focussed!