The pay offer
The Employers’ final pay offer is:
Removal of pay points 3 and 4 to bring the lowest rate of pay above £10 an hour and move towards the JRF Minimum Income Standard for a single adult.
A 2.75% increase on all pay points and allowances as of 1 September 2020. Any agreed award will be backdated to this date.
The Employers’ Side also:
Rejected the proposed definition of an evening session but agreed to consider a formal definition of evening sessions as part of Joint Secretariat discussions on a
without prejudice basis.
Agreed to joint work on race and gender pay gaps in youth work and proposed including these issues in a Joint Workforce Survey.
Agreed to work on a terms of reference for a joint review to assess the impact of rising violent behaviour perpetrated and experience by young people on the
youth and community workforce.
What was in the trade unions’ original pay claim?
i) Removal of pay points 3 and 4 to bring the lowest rate of pay on the JNC pay spine above £10 an hour and move towards the JRF Minimum Income Standard for a
ii) A 10% increase across all grades in order to begin to recoup the losses to youth and community workers over the last 10 years.
iii) Address work-life balance and time off in lieu – by making the current guidance on work-life balance mandatory and ensure compensatory leave (TOIL) is always
granted for extra hours worked.
iv) Each working week should contain two consecutive days that are designated as non-working days. Any TOIL for residential work will be completely separate from
these designated non-working days.
v) Formally define an evening session as any session that finishes after 6pm.
vi) Move to a 35-hour working week without loss of pay – with sufficient time for planning and admin.
vii) Joint work on race and gender pay gaps in youth work.
viii) The rise in violent behaviour perpetrated and experienced by young people has reached a very disturbing level. A joint review should be carried out by the JNC to
assess the impact.
UNISON’s Youth and Community Workers Committee’s view
Pay negotiations have gone as far as they can, and so the Youth and Community Workers
Committee is asking members to vote to accept or reject the pay offer.
The Committee believes strongly that this pay offer falls far short of what members need and deserve. Youth and community workers have had years of real terms pay cuts and
have shown how vital they are during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Committee also notes that local government is struggling financially, and the offer is higher than the
current inflation rate.
The Committee is clear that discussions with the employers can go no further, so this offer is the best achievable by negotiation. If members wish to reject the offer,
they must be prepared to take significant industrial action in order to achieve an improved offer.
The UNISON Youth and Community Workers Committee will meet once the consultation has closed in September to consider the results of the consultation and agree the next steps.