Join us at the lobby of the council on 5 December where Councillors Robert Evans (Labour) and Jonathon Essex (Green) will be moving the motion below on behalf of UNISON and on behalf of all council employees.
Please try to come for an hour or so to show support for the campaign for a fair pay increase and encourage your colleagues.
The motion being debated:
Surrey County Council recognises the huge contribution made to the County by all its employees.
Council notes that:
- local government pay is amongst the lowest in the public sector
- in real terms, basic pay across local government has fallen by around 21% since 2010
- Surrey CC workers have now had eight years of below-inflation pay increases.
- there are growing equal and fair pay risks resulting from this situation
This council recognises that local government pay should not be allowed to fall further
behind other parts of the public sector, so therefore supports the aim of restoring fair pay on
behalf of council and school workers and calls for an immediate end to public sector pay
Additionally, this council notes the drastic ongoing cuts to local government funding and
calls on central government to provide the additional funding needed to fund a decent pay
rise for its employees.
Surrey County Council therefore resolves to:
- write to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor supporting the National Joint Council (NJC) and other locally determined local government pay claims and to seek additional finance to fund a decent pay rise
- call immediately on the Local Government Association (LGA) to make urgent representations to central Government to fund the NJC and other locally determined local government pay claims and then to report back on their action in this regard
- meet with local Surrey County Council union representatives to convey support for their claim for a fair pay increase.
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