Friday, 10 October 2014

What do the proposals mean for Local Government workers? Rubbish now and rubbish in the future!

The pay proposals from the local government employers are rubbish now and rubbish in the future.

Rubbish now

In the current year the new pay proposals from the local government employers offer;
·       No more money  in 2014/15 than if we had accepted the employers’ first offer for everyone who earns more than £430.41 gross a week;
·       A pittance extra in 2014/15 for those earning less – barely enough to buy a round of drinks and much less than has been lost by those who took strike action on 10 July;
·       Coming nowhere near our objective of a flat rate increase of at least one pound an hour;
·       Failing to achieve the living wage for workers up to spine point 10.

Comparing the proposals to the original offer in 2014/15 (national pay spine) at various points demonstrates just how trivial the “gain” for the lowest paid is in these proposals compared to the previous offer;

Spine point
Value of previous offer £pa
Value of “proposal” £pa
Gain £pa
Equivalent gain per month
Equivalent gain per week
5
580
591
+11
92p
21p
10
175
182
+7
58p
13p
21
193
207
+14
£1.17
27p
26
224
224
0
0
0
31
265
265
0
0
0
41
349
349
0
0
0

Even for those who make some gain in 2014/15, this is far less then the cost of having taken a day’s strike action on 10 July (based on the national pay spine);

Spine point
Gain
Deduction at 1/365th
Deduction at 1/260th
5
£11
£34
£48
10
£7
£38
£54
21
£14
£53
£74

Rubbish in the future

The proposal doesn't achieve the living wage or anything like it. 
For the low paid, we sought to achieve the living wage of £7.65 per hour (£14,759 a year, for a full-time worker based upon a 37 hour week). The “proposal” leaves everyone on spine point 10 and below earning less than the living wage (set in October 2014) until at least April 2016.

The proposal does nothing to make up for the decline in our earnings.
The UNISON online pay calculator shows how much worse off we are as a result of the pay freeze. A worker earning £12,435 (well below the living wage) is £2,248 a year worse off but is being offered only £1,065 to make up for this, with nothing more until April 2016. A worker earning £24,982 is £4,905 a year worse off but is being offered only £547.62 to make up for this, with nothing more until April 2016.

The proposal does not break the Government’s 1% pay policy.
The appearance of a 2.2% increase in 2015/16 can only be achieved by sleight of hand, ignoring the fact that this is a two year deal (paid nine months late) and that the very worst we could have expected anyway, without any campaign or industrial action, would have been two successive 1% pay awards, which together would have been worth a combined 2.01% anyway. A settlement on the basis of this “proposal” would be gambling away our opportunity to fight for a decent pay rise in 2015 (a year in which a General Election will be fought in large part on the issue of living standards) in return for an increase 0.19% larger than the worst we could otherwise have expected.

Spine point (national pay spine)
Annual salary in 2015/16 under the “proposal” £pa
Annual salary in 2015/16 based upon two 1% increases £pa
Benefit of the “proposal” £pa in 2015/16
Monthly benefit of the “proposal” in 2015/16
Weekly benefit of the “proposal” in 2015/16
11
15,207.36
15,179.09
28.27
£2.36
54p
21
19,741.97
19,705.27
36.70
£3.06
70p
26
22,936.75
22,894.10
42.65
£3.55
82p
31
27,122.86
27,072.43
50.43
£4.20
97p
41
35,661.67
35,595.37
68.30
£5.69
£1.31



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