Local government and school members voted to accept their pay offer on Friday 14 November 

UNISON suspended the planned strike action by council and school members on 14 October to consult over new pay proposals put forward by the Local Government Association (LGA) employers.

Members in academy schools that implement NJC pay awards  are now being consulted on the new LGA proposal.

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The facts

Academy schools are being balloted over whether to join the strike

UNISON members in academy schools that apply the National Joint Council (NJC) pay award scheme are being balloted over pay.

The final offer of a 1% pay rise is below the current rate of inflation and is effectively another real terms pay cut. The lowest paid are being offered a little more than 1%, but the bottom rate of pay is the lowest in the public sector and barely above the minimum wage.

Some academies implement the national NJC pay award for school support staff, which means UNISON members in these schools are now being balloted on the 1% offer. If members vote yes they will join local government workers who have already voted yes to strike action, and go on strike on 14 October.

To find out if your academy is included talk to your local UNISON branch.

School support staff deserve fair pay

UNISON thinks the current national NJC offer of 1% is insulting to people who work in schools to support children’s education.

We know our claim for a minimum increase on an extra £1 per hour for all school support staff is affordable.

The lowest paid are being offered a little more than 1%, but the bottom rate of pay is the lowest in the public sector and barely above the minimum wage.

UNISON thinks the current 1% offer is insulting to people who work in schools to support our children’s education. We know our claim for a minimum increase of an extra £1 per hour for all school support staff is affordable.

Find out more about the local government pay dispute.

Academy workers, have your say

It is very important that UNISON members working in those academies affected vote over whether to take strike action over the 1% pay offer. The outcome of the vote determines whether UNISON members in NJC academies join the strike action.

UNISON recommends voting yes to strike action.