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Notice of Motion Regarding "Thanking The City's Workers and Demanding Pay Justice For Them" - Given by Councillor George Lindars-Hammond and to be seconded by Councillor Josie Paszek

That this Council:-


(a)      believes that keyworkers have kept the city’s essential services going, working alongside communities, mutual aid groups, voluntary services, faith groups, businesses and schools to provide support to those in need;


(b)      believes that thanks and gratitude should be given to all keyworkers, not just those at the NHS, but also the city’s teachers, police, bus drivers, postal workers, and shop workers – plus many more;


(c)      believes it is inexcusable that the Government have frozen public sector pay for at least a year, and that whilst they clapped for key workers on the steps of Downing Street the Government are now turning their backs on them at the first opportunity;


(d)      notes that public sector workers have already seen their pay decrease in real terms over the last decade – due to pay freezes first enacted by the coalition government from 2010;


(e)      believes that, like all the city’s key workers, care workers have given so much during the pandemic and we should all be grateful for their dedicated work;


(f)       notes that the city’s carers often work in difficult working conditions with inadequate pay, and believes that care workers deserve a pay rise and, therefore, welcomes that from April this Administration is investing £4.2 million into the care sector to enable Sheffield’s care workers to receive a pay rise;


(g)      notes that this investment is the first step in this Administration’s ambition to achieve pay, conditions and a career path in line with NHS Healthcare Assistants, and the Council will work with the city’s care providers to deliver this;


(h)      believes that all our workers are public service super-heroes - they keep our communities clean and safe, look after those in need and keep our towns and cities running, and that without the professionalism and dedication of staff, the council services our residents rely on would not be deliverable;


(i)       believes that local government workers deserve a proper real-terms pay increase, and the Government needs to take responsibility and fully fund this increase and should not put the burden on local authorities whose funding has been cut to the bone, and who have not been offered adequate support through the Covid-19 pandemic;


(j)       notes that since 2010 there is a £475 million shortfall for council services due to central government funding cuts and increased service pressures – this is a huge 50% of the budget – and this is not even considering the current pandemic of which the full impact on council finances is not yet known;


(k)      resolves to support the pay claim submitted by GMB, Unison and Unite on behalf of council and school workers, for a substantial increase with a minimum of 10 per cent uplift in April 2021, and calls on the Local Government Association to make urgent representations to central government to fund the NJC pay claim;


(l)       commits to writing to the Chancellor and Secretary of State to call for a pay increase for local government workers to be funded with new money from central government;


(m)     commits to meeting with local NJC union representatives to convey support for the pay claim and consider practical ways in which the Council can support the campaign; and


(n)      encourages all local government workers to join a union.