On 27 July the Employers’ Side of the National Joint Council (NJC) wrote to the unions with a final pay offer for 2021.
From 1 April 2021, they are offering:
– An increase of 2.75% for those on pay point 1
– An increase of 1.75% for everyone else
– Completion of the outstanding work of the joint Term-Time Only review group
– Discussions on joint framework guidance on homeworking (but no offer of a
– Discussions on joint guidance on mental health
– Incorporation of new statutory provisions for neo-natal leave and pay into the Green Book
UNISON’s NJC Committee met on 28 July and agreed to launch a consultation of members
on this final pay offer. The Committee strongly agreed to recommend that members vote to
reject the offer.
The Committee agreed that the 0.25% improvement in the offer is insignificant (following
the earlier offer of 1.5%), and the offer is nowhere near what members need or deserve,
following years of real terms pay cuts and the outstanding work members in councils and
schools have done throughout the pandemic.
We know that many local authorities are struggling financially. However, the unions had
requested that the Local Government Association (LGA) join us in campaigning for more
funds from the Westminster Government for local government pay.
The LGA have refused, saying that they will only be calling for more funds for services.
We also know that many councils have budgeted 2% or more for this year’s pay increase.
The consultation of members will launch in late August and will run through most of
September. The exact dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.
In the meantime, it is vital to promote the campaign and consultation.
We need members to vote, and we need to emphasise the NJC Committee’s recommendation that
members vote to reject the offer