NJC pay update – 20 July 2021

Negotiations update

Following the trade unions’ rejection of the NJC Employers’ Side’s 1.5% pay offer, we now know that the Employers will meet on 27 July, to consider how to respond to our clear rejection and our demand that they think again.

UNISON’s NJC Committee will meet the next day, 28 July, to decide our next steps in the campaign for a decent pay increase. Whether the Employers come back with a better offer or reaffirm the 1.5% that has been rejected by the unions as insulting, the Committee will update members as soon as possible with the latest news and our next moves.

We are still waiting for a response from the Local Government Associations of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, about our call for a joint campaign for more money from central government for local government pay.

While there is broad agreement that local government needs more funding from Westminster, we need the representative bodies for local government to be much clearer that a major part of this campaign must be for more money specifically for pay. The unions are making forceful demands, but if the employers’ reason for their low pay offer is lack of funding, we need them to join us in pushing for more.

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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