Regional Pay Bargaining

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2019 Local Government Service Group Conference
12 February 2019

Conference notes that the new NJC pay spine is not only being adopted by councils who had moved away from the NJC, but also by multi academy trusts who are increasingly coming onto NJC conditions. Both recognise the benefits of the new NJC pay spine in providing stability by future proofing them against future National Living Wage increases. Conference believes the pay spine review has maintained the purpose of the NJC and is increasing its footprint in councils and academies.

The drivers to regional and local pay remain. Further local government cuts coming down the line could intensify pressure on councils to make savings by moving off NJC conditions. This will threaten the viability of the NJC itself.

Conference believes that if the NJC is replaced with either regional or local pay bargaining this may result in the further erosion of pay, terms and conditions for thousands of local government and school workers.

Conference recognises that achieving a high density of trade union membership is vital in maintaining national bargaining.

Conference calls upon the service group executive to:

1)Continue to promote the benefits of maintaining the NJC

2) Explore and report back on the pros and cons of regional pay bargaining

3) Continue to promote the need for recruitment to increase member density within core employers