Reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2016/17

UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation means that some seats on elected bodies are reserved for low-paid members

UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation means that some seats on elected bodies, including the NEC, are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up fairly represents the wider union.

The definition of “low paid” reflects the median gross weekly earnings for all jobs (full time or part time) and is revised each year.

The median gross weekly earnings figure for 2016/17 has been calculated at £438.60, a 3.2 % increase on last year.

This means the threshold for election to reserved (low pay) seats in the union is now £9.72 an hour.