Please read the PAY UP NOW bulletin : Issue Number 07 below from the national negotiators that details the acceptance of the Local Government Pay Offer.
The key features of the pay offer are:
- A 16% pay increase for those currently on the lowest scale point (SCP) 6, over two years.
- A pay increase of between 15% and 4.3% for those on the current SCPs 7 – 28.
- 4.04% increase over two years, for those above the current SCP 29, including those above SCP 49.
- A new pay spine from 2019, with new scale points 1-43 and even 2% pay gaps between SCPs 6-28.
I would like to thank everyone involved at branch level in the recent pay consultation. This branch was clear with its ‘we deserve better pay’ message and the outcome of the branch ballot was to reject this offer, with 2/3 of our members voting to reject.
On the second ballot requested by our NJC committee, again there was a clear rejection of this offer by those able to vote. This vote was taken at our AGM on the 27th March.
Thank you to all UNISON members that used their vote in this ballot to Have Your Say.
Also, thank you for those activists and members that engaged in spreading the message from our branch Executive Committee encouraging a rejection of this pay offer on the grounds that it offered only another pay cut and that we should fight for a fairer deal.
Whilst we have lost this particular battle over pay we will continue to fight austerity. Join us and speak up for public services on the 12th May at the national march and rally STEP UP FOR PUBLIC SERVICES – everyone welcome! Later this week, please visit our website for more details and to book your coach seat.
All the best,
6 April 2018
PAY UP NOW bulletin : Issue Number 07
UNISON ACCEPTS NJC PAY OFFER
The UNISON NJC Committee met today to consider branch feedback on its recommendation that UNISON should accept the NJC pay offer for 2018-20. The previous membership consultation resulted in a very narrow overall vote to reject the offer but members in 8 out of 11 Regions had voted to accept it.
The NJC Committee therefore sought further feedback from those branches who had responded to the membership consultation on its recommendation to accept. 79% of branches and 10 out of 11 Regions have now voted to accept the pay offer. This feedback was confirmed in a formal acceptance vote by the NJC Committee.
We will now notify GMB, Unite and the Local Government Association. The NJC Joint Secretaries will be meeting on 12 April to consider the Trade Union Side position. GMB has voted to accept the pay offer but Unite has rejected it. The NJC Committee also agreed an implementation strategy for dealing with the assimilation to the new NJC pay spine, any attempts by employers to undermine or not implement the award, cut conditions or jobs to pay for it or walk away from the NJC. Details of the strategy will be circulated to branches shortly.
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