The Local Government Association (LGA) has made a two-year pay offer from 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2020 for council, school and other members on NJC pay.
Key features of the pay offer are:
- A 16% pay increase for those currently on the lowest NJC scale point (scp) 6 over two years
- A pay increase of between 15% and 4.3% for those on current NJC scp’s 7 – 28
- 4.04% 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 scp’s 6-28
UNISON’S response to the offer
Because the LGA is proposing a revised pay spine as part of the offer, the UNISON NJC Committee has decided not to make a recommendation on the offer until branch reps have attended briefings to explain its impact on local pay and grading structures. These will take place in early January.
The NJC Committee will then meet on 23 January to decide its recommendation on the offer and the timetable for consulting members.
What does this mean for me?
Each council or school uses the NJC pay spine to construct their own local pay grades. There are many variations. Some employers start their bottom grade at a scp above scp 6 and many extend the NJC spine locally above scp 49.
This means the offer would need to be applied to your local situation. Your UNISON branch and paid officials would make sure that every employer fully implements the offer.
What can you do next?
Please share this information with other UNISON members and explain how UNISON has been working on their behalf and tell them that they need make sure they have their say when the consultation starts.
If your workmates are not in UNISON remind them that they can also have their say on pay if they join UNISON now.
NJC pay in London
The pay spine for NJC employees in London is different from the one for other NJC employees. Normally the NJC offer would be applied to the London pay points.
However, given the restructuring of the NJC pay spine, discussions are currently taking place between the London employers and the trade unions about translating the offer.