[by Heather Wakfield, UNISON Head of Local Government)
The Trade Union Side of the NJC Executive met the Employers’ Side on 26 February to receive a formal response to our claim for 2013 -2014.
The Employers responded with two options – set out below. Option 1 is their stated “preferred option”. As you can see, it includes 1% on all pay points, changes to NJC Mileage Rates (not NJC essential and casual car user allowances) and replacement of the unilateral arbitration clause with a bilateral clause – both from a date to be agreed. It also includes 1 day of additional annual leave on the basic entitlement and extension of the continuous service provision from 5 to 10 years.
The second “no strings” option is for 1% on spinal column points from 4 to 10 and 0.6% on all pay points from 11 upwards. Option 2 is included as a default option, in the event that Option 1 is rejected.
The NJC Committee will discuss both “options” at its meeting on 27 February and make a recommendation to members to reject or accept one or both of the “options”. Unite will meet on 28 February to discuss the options. The GMB will meet on 6 March. The Joint Trade Union Side will then meet at a date to be fixed, where its position will be agreed. The NJC Committee has previously confirmed that there will be an all-member branch consultation on any final offer this year, in line with Service Group procedures – in this case, this will be the Trade Union Side’s response to the “options” below.
- 1.0% on all pay points from 1 April 2013
- NJC mileage rates replaced by HMRC Approved Mileage Rates (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/travel.htm) for those councils currently applying NJC rates, from a date to be agreed (Green Book Part 2 Para 12 and Part 3 Para 6 refers)
- Unilateral arbitration clause replaced by bilateral reference, from date to be agreed (Green Book Constitution Para 17 refers)
- An increase in the minimum paid annual leave entitlement from 21 days to 22 days, from a date to be agreed (Green Book Part 2 Para 7.2 refers)
- Increase in continuous service entitlement for the purposes of calculation of entitlements to annual leave, occupational maternity leave / pay and occupational sick pay from return to service within five years to within ten years of the original transfer, from a date to be agreed (Green Book Part 2 Para 14.2 and 14.3 refers)
- Joint statement providing a list of the issues on which both Sides agree to commence immediate serious discussions.
(NB: all dates for implementation of changes to be agreed as part of final deal)
- 1.0% on pay points 4 to 10 from 1 April 2013
- 0.6% on pay points 11 and above from 1 April 2013
UNISON’s NJC Committee is meeting this moring to decide its recommendation to its 1.6 million local governement members on this pay offer.
[NB There is well writen and argued blog by Heather detailing the issues both from personal prospective of Coventry LG workers, and also from the national prospective here.]