UNISON, GMB and Unite have agreed the following NJC Trade Union Side pay claim for 2016/17:
- Deletion of NJC and all local pay points which fall below the level of the UK Living Wage (and deletion of GLPC pay points below London Living Wage) and a flat rate increase of £1 per hour on all other pay points
- Retention and protection of Green Book Part 2 terms and conditions
- Fair treatment for school support staff through a joint review of term time working
The agreed claim is based on UNISON’s main proposals, which we consulted members on. Significantly, the deletion of the pay points was UNISON’s preferred method for achieving the Living Wage, and UNISON and Unite’s preference for £1 an hour up the scale was adopted, in preference over the GMB’s support for a 5% increase.
Despite pushing the other unions very hard, we could not get their agreement to include UNISON’s proposal to backdate the settlement date to 1 April 2015, in the claim. However, the other unions did agree that the written claim would highlight the progress we want on:
- The real terms pay cut to living standards in recent years
- The inadequacy of last year’s pay settlement in restoring members’ lost earnings
- The inadequate funding for a pay increase for local government workers last year
- The Employers’ refusal in recent years to engage in meaningful negotiations
- The Employers’ refusal to enter into arbitration to help resolve pay disputes in a fair manner
The Trade Union Side will submit the written claim to the Employers next month.
We will also look to lodge equivalent pay claims to ALMOs and other appropriate outsourced employers. This will require further discussion on co-ordination through the NJC Executive Trade Union Side.
UNISON Additional Pay Claim for 2015/16 – next steps
As agreed by UNISON’s Special Conference, the UNISON NJC Committee submitted an additional pay claim for the 2015/16 pay round to the employers in April. This sought the full time equivalent Living Wage rate to be the minimum pay value of the NJC pay spine and an equivalent flat rate increase to be applied to all other NJC pay scale points, from 1 April 2015. The Employers replied that they were not willing to consider this additional claim, as a settlement had already been reached for 2014-16. As noted above UNISON sought to backdate the 16/17 claim to address outstanding aspects of the 15/16 claim, however the other unions were not prepared to consider this.
The NJC Committee will decide next steps on this issue at its meeting on 8 July. UNISON’s campaign materials for 2016/17 will highlight the additional 2015/16 claim and UNISON’s negotiators will push the issue of backdating with the employers in talks on the 2016/17 claim.