Monthly Archives: December 2015

UNISON to Consult on Pay Offer

At NJC pay negotiations held on 9 December 2015, the Local Government Association (LGA) made school and council workers the following two-year final pay offer:

From 1 April 2016:

 On SCP 6, £900 (equivalent to 6.6%)

 On SCP 7, £900 (equivalent to 6.6%)

 On SCP 8, £900 (equivalent to 6.5%)

 On SCP 9, £900 (equivalent to 6.4%)

 On SCP 10, £900 (equivalent to 6.3%)

 On SCP 11, £300 (equivalent to 2.0%)

 On SCP 12, £300 (equivalent to 2.0%)

 On SCP 13, £250 (equivalent to 1.6%)

 On SCP 14, £250 (equivalent to 1.5%)

 On SCP 15, £200 (equivalent to 1.2%)

 On SCP 16, £200 (equivalent to 1.2%)

 On SCP 17, £175 (equivalent to 1.01%)

 On SCPs 18 and above, 1.0%

And from 1 April 2017

 On SCP 6, £500 (equivalent to 3.4%)

 On SCP 7, £500 (equivalent to 3.4%)

 On SCP 8, £475 (equivalent to 3.2%)

 On SCP 9, £400 (equivalent to 2.6%)

 On SCP 10, £375 (equivalent to 2.5%)

 On SCP 11, £300 (equivalent to 1.9%)

 On SCP 12, £300 (equivalent to 1.9%)

 On SCP 13, £300 (equivalent to 1.9%)

 On SCP 14, £300 (equivalent to 1.8%)

 On SCP 15, £300 (equivalent to 1.8%)

 On SCP 16, £250 (equivalent to 1.5%)

 On SCP 17, £225 (equivalent to 1.3%)

 On SCPs 18 and above, 1.0%

As part of the pay offer, the LGA agreed to our call for fair treatment for school support staff through a joint review of term-time working. However, they were not prepared to meet the other element of our claim, calling for the retention and protection of Part 2 conditions.

The offer represents a 2.4% increase on paybill over the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

What does the offer mean?

Please note that the LGA’s offer refers to NJC SCPs, which are pay points on the NJC pay spine.

During the further negotiations held yesterday, the Trade Union Side put forward counter proposals for a two-year offer similar to the recent Scottish local government two year pay settlement. We called for deletion of scps below the UK Living Wage and for those on scps above – 1.5% in year 1 and 1% in year 2. The LGA took these proposals away but then refused to move from their final offer, claiming that they were unable to move from a 1% increase in each year for those above scp 18.

The NJC trade unions expressed their disappointment at the LGA’s refusal to consider our counter proposal but believe the pay offer is the best achievable by negotiation and have agreed to consult our members on it. UNISON, GMB and Unite are now meeting separately in early January to decide their position on the offer and to agree their union’s consultation process.

 

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