Care workers, refuse collectors, social workers, teaching assistants, community workers, street cleaners and so many more go above and beyond every single day. Local government staff keep communities safe, clean and accessible, yet there is often little or no recognition for your hard work.

With the cost-of-living skyrocketing to new highs every day, it’s time to rise up and demand decent pay for the work you do.

Over the past 12 years, council and school staff have lost on average 25% from the value of their pay when measured against the Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation since 2010. 

Pay Offer

UNISON has been campaigning for a decent pay rise for council and school workers. We called for a pay increase of inflation plus 2% – based on the Treasury’s annual forecast for RPI for 2023, this would amount to 12.7%. However, the local government employers have responded with an offer of a flat rate increase of £1,925 (with less for part-time and term-time workers). In a cost-of-living crisis this simply is not good enough.


Members will be balloted to ask if you wish to take industrial action over pay. Taking action will send a clear message to employers that you need a better pay rise.

The Ballot will run from 24 May – 4 July

Keep up to date with the campaign by visiting our pay campaign webpage

Members Meetings

We have arranged a number of meetings for members as detailed below:-

Monday 15 May
12.45 – 1.45pm

Clifton Cornerstone
Community Suite A & B

Tuesday 16 May


6.00 – 7.00pm

Teams Meetings

12.30pm Pay Meeting

6.00pm Pay Meeting

Wednesday 17 May
12.30 – 1.30pm
5.00 – 6.00pm

Loxley House
Room 1.32
Room 1.32

Thursday 18 May
12.30 – 1.30pm

Bulwell Riverside
Community Room 3

Friday 19 May
12.30 – 1.30pm

Mary Potter Centre
Meeting Room 1 (Atrium)