SSA Needs More Funding, Union Warns

By Conrad, Mark | Public Finance, October 14, 2005 | Go to article overview

SSA Needs More Funding, Union Warns


Conrad, Mark, Public Finance


Central government must make more cash available to councils struggling to implement the Single Status Agreement, a trade union at the forefront of equal pay campaigns has warned.

The T&G Union, which represents around 150,000 public sector staff, said it was 'unacceptable' that just 23% of local authorities had implemented the SSA eight years after the landmark local government pay equality deal was reached.

But in a statement issued on October 5, the union blamed ministers for the continuing poor progress. 'Lack of central government funding is jeopardising attempts by councils and trade unions to redress gender pay gaps,' it reads.

The SSA, reached in 1997, requires local authorities to carry out pay and grading reviews and to place all employees on a single pay spine to ensure that disparities between male and female staff are eradicated. …

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