NJC Committee agrees to consult members – and asks them to reject the 1.75% offer

On 27 July the Employers’ Side of the National Joint Council (NJC) wrote to the unions with a final pay offer for 2021. From 1 April 2021, they are offering:

  •  An increase of 2.75% for those on pay point 1
  •  An increase of 1.75% for everyone else
  • Completion of the outstanding work of the joint Term-Time Only review group
  • Discussions on joint framework guidance on homeworking (but no offer of a homeworking allowance)
  • Discussions on joint guidance on mental health
  • Incorporation of new statutory provisions for neo-natal leave and pay into the Green Book

UNISON’s NJC Committee met on the 28 July and agreed to launch a consultation of members on this final pay offer. The Committee strongly agreed to recommend that members vote to reject the offer.

The Committee agreed that the 0.25% improvement in the offer is insignificant (following the earlier offer of 1.5%), and the offer is nowhere near what members need or deserve, following years of real terms pay cuts and the outstanding work members in councils and
schools have done throughout the pandemic.

We know that many local authorities are struggling financially. However, the unions had requested that the Local Government Association (LGA) join us in campaigning for more funds from the Westminster Government for local government pay. The LGA have refused, saying that they will only be calling for more funds for services.

We also know that many councils have budgeted 2% or more for this year’s pay increase.

The consultation of members will launch in late August and will run through most of September, with exact dates to be confirmed as soon as possible.


Keep up the pressure!

We’re asking every member to write to their Member of Parliament (MP), making clear how urgent the situation is and asking them to press the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for more funding for local government pay.

Our ‘Email your MP’ tool makes this easy. All you need to do is follow the link, enter your details, and an email to your MP will be generated. You can make any changes you want, and then send it.

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