Pay up now! for council and school workers

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The Trade Unions’ claim –

In June 2022, the NJC Trade Union Side submitted the following one -year pay claim for 2022/23:

A substantial increase of either £2,000 or RPI (whichever is greater) on all spinal column points, from 1 April 2022.

The claim also called for:

  • A Covid-19 recognition payment
  • A national minimum agreement on homeworking policies for all councils and the introduction of a home working allowance
  • An urgent review of all mileage rates currently applying
  • A review and update of NJC terms for family leave and pay
  • A review of term time only contracts and consideration of retainers
  • Reduction in the working week (without loss of pay) to 35 hours (34 in London) plus one additional day of annual leave

National Employers for local government services response –

The National Employers ‘final’, one year (1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023) offer:

  • With effect from 1 April 2022, an increase of £1,925 on all NJC pay points 1 and above.
  • With effect from 1 April 2022, an increase of 4.04% on all allowances (as listed in the 2021 NJC pay agreement circular dated 28 February 2022).
  • With effect from 1 April 2023, an increase of one day to all employees’ annual leave entitlement.
  • With effect from 1 April 2023, the deletion of pay point 1 from the NJC pay spine.
  • No increase in NJC mileage rate, but the Local Government Association will be writing to HMRC to lobby them to increase their rates.
  • Agreement to join trade union/employer discussions on term time only work, discuss family leave and pay, and discuss homeworking policy.
  • Rejection of our claims for a Covid payment, a homeworking allowance, and a reduction in the working week.

The headline offer is worth 10.50% at the bottom end of the pay spine.

UNISON NJC Committee’s View –

The UNISON NJC Committee is asking members to vote on whether they accept or reject the pay offer. The Committee is not making a recommendation that members should vote ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ – it’s up to members. The Committee wants every member to vote so that we have a full picture of members’ views.

The Committee considered initial feedback from regions at its meeting on 29 July. A variety of views were expressed, both in support of the offer and against it.

On the one hand, the pay offer is much higher than members have seen in recent years, and it is the highest offer made to any part of the public sector this year. Since 2010 the highest offer, until now, has been an offer of 2.75% in 2020. The pay offer of £1,925 for 2022, would give members at the bottom end of the pay scale a 10.5%
increase. If this offer were implemented, around 13% of employees would get a pay rise of 10% or more; and more than three-quarters would get 6% or more. The offer is also very close to the £2,000 which UNISON branches and the NJC committee agreed should be a key part of the pay claim.

On the other hand, the offer still falls short of our claim, which was for £2,000 or RPI inflation, whichever is the higher. With RPI inflation currently at 12.3%, this offer doesn’t meet either of those aims, and doesn’t deliver a pay increase that keeps up with the rising cost of living, nor does it make up for the loss in value of wages of approximately 27% since 2010. By not keeping up with these costs, wages are worth less than before – so it’s effectively a pay cut – and this discrepancy increases for those higher up the pay spine.

The Committee is clear that discussions with the employers can go no further, and so this offer is the best that can be achieved by negotiations. It is now time to consult members on whether they wish to accept or reject the offer.

NOTE: If members wish to reject the offer, they must be prepared to take significant industrial action in order to achieve an improved offer. Please take time to consider this matter and indicate your preference on the the Consultation Ballot and return it to us before the deadline date.

To view how this affects you, use the link below.

NJC Pay Offer 2022-23 payscales