1.6 million council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will have their pay frozen for a third consecutive year. Public sector workers earning less than £21,000 were promised a £250 pay rise this year. But local government pay is negotiated separately and council staff did not get the rise.
GMB national officer Brian Strutton said "The politicians who lead local councils are a disgrace to the workforces they employ for offering no pay rise for the third consecutive year while feathering their own nests. Council leaders' pay has shot up and councillors vote themselves higher allowances while the carers, dinner ladies, dustmen, social workers, school support staff and all the other council workers serving their communities will have seen their pay fall in real terms by over 15%."