UNISON members have at the end of our consultative ballot very narrowly rejected the LGA’s pay offer, with 50.44% voting to reject.
However 68.18% of branches and 8 out of 11 Regions have voted to accept the offer and as you may have heard GMB have voted heavily to accept and published their results. This makes it very unlikely that we can deliver consistent national action.
The UNISON NJC Committee has therefore agreed to reluctantly amend its recommendation to acceptance of the pay offer.
Plymouth in UNISON members and the South West Region voted to accept so unless there is feedback that there is a groundswell of non voters who meant to vote reject saying differently them Branch Committee will be asked to endorse the NJC decision on the 27th March
By all means give that feedback either way to the branch or you local Rep if you feel strongly.
Following our 5% Pay claim and early campaigning UNISON, GMB and Unite have received a letter from the local government employers outlining a proposed two-year pay deal for council and school support staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The offer covers the two years from 1 April 2018. It would mean a 2% wage rise next April for the majority of council and school support staff currently earning more than £19,430, and a further 2% in April 2019.
The local government employers are also proposing to give lower paid staff a higher wage rise – of up to 16% over the two years.
The proposals also include a revamp of National Joint Council pay scales. The full breakdown can be seen here 24794
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Am I part of this consultation?
All members whose pay is determined by the NJC will be eligible to vote. This will include most local authority employees, and many members in voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools and NJC academies and multi academy trusts (MATS). Members covered by other agreements, would be craft workers, youth and community workers, chief officers, Soulbury staff, FE and 6th form colleges.
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