Council and school workers have kept the country going, and after a decade of cuts, it’s time for a decent pay rise.

UNISON is calling for a 10% pay rise for local government workers.

This would pull the lowest paid to above £10 per hour – ?lifting them above the ?real ?living ?wage of £9.50 per hour (outside London).

Staff working in local government have seen up to 25% wiped from the value of their pay, after ten years of savage local authority cuts and pay restraint.

Local government workers have kept the country going during the COVID crisis, facing daily risks to do vital work and keep communities safe.

UNISON is clear – it is time for fair pay for council and school workers

The NJC pay claim was submitted by the trade unions (UNISON, Unite and GMB) representing 1.4 million local government workers on Monday 15 February 2021.

Dudley Unison Branch will be making clear to local councillors that we need their support.  Councillors can speak up, making clear that our cause is a just one and must be supported.

Many councillors are up for re-election on 6th May and should be judged on whether they support public servants who have got us through the pandemic.

We know councils face a substantial funding gap due to 10 years of austerity, the impact of Covid-19, and the Government’s failure to deliver on its promise to support councils through the pandemic.  So, we want the UK Government to provide more funds to meet our claim.  But our campaign will be much more powerful if councils and councillors join us in this demand. 


Please use the  email your councillor tool below to ask your councillor to support us:

We also ask that you make sure the details we hold for you are up to date.  Check on My UNISON. It is crucial we can contact you over the coming months about the fight for your pay rise. It is crucial that all members play their part. It takes two minutes.

If you wish to find out more about the 2021/2022 pay claim, just click on the links below for the pay campaign PowerPoint presentation and the briefing and member Q&A:  Pay campaign PowerPoint presentation:

Best Regards


Theresa Kelly and Paul Quigley

Branch Secretaries

UNISON Dudley General Branch 

( Direct: 01384 81 5109 01384 816769

UNISON Branch:

Apr 30, 2021