Local government pay – the National Joint Council (NJC)

Defending and improving members’ pay is one of UNISON’s main tasks.

We believe local government employees should be paid fairly, which is why we work together to negotiate better pay with employers.

For workers in local government and schools, pay and other terms and conditions are determined by a negotiating body; the National Joint Council (NJC) for local government services.

The NJC is made up of representatives from UNISON and other trade unions and the employers. The agreements they reach after their negotiations are contained in the “Green Book”. UNISON has over half the trade union seats on the NJC and so is the majority union.

The NJC covers over 1.5 million local government and school workers and so is an extremely important negotiating body. It also has a wider footprint in that other organisations in the public and private sector follow the NJC’s agreements.

Your most recent NJC Pay Award

A pay rise for council and school staff was negotiated and awarded nationally for 2018-2020. This is now being implemented locally by UNISON branches and activists – checklists are available for activists in councils and schools or in academies.

Key features of the pay award:

  • A 16% pay increase for those currently on the lowest NJC scale point (scp) 6 over two years, giving a bottom rate of £9 an hour from 1 April 2019
  • A pay increase of between 15% and 4.3% for those on current NJC scp’s 7 – 28
  • 04 % over two years for those above current NJC scp 29 – including those above NJC scp 49
  • A new pay spine from 2019, with new scale points 1-43 and even 2% pay gaps between new scp’s 1-22

The full, accepted offer is laid out here

Note – NJC employees in London have their own pay spine and received a different offer, which was also accepted.