We are consulting eligible members now on the 2024 pay offer.


Local government staff keep communities safe, clean and accessible, often for little to no recognition.

With the cost-of-living skyrocketing, it’s time to stand together and demand better pay.

Council and School Pay 2024

The National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services covers the largest group of employees for collective bargaining purposes in the UK.

NJC covers workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We are consulting members now on the 2024 offer received from the local government employers of the NJC. If you haven’t yet received your secure voting link via email, you can vote here:


The consultation will close at noon on Friday 28 June.

As part of the 2024 NJC pay claim, we asked for all council employees to receive a wage increase of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is greater. You can read the full pay claim here:

2024 Pay Claim

The local government employers have offered a full and final pay rise of £1,290.*You can read the full pay offer from the employers here:

2024 Pay Offer

*If you work part time or term time only hours, the increase would be less depending on how many hours you work. The offer will be different for members in London; in outer London, the offer is £1,491 and in inner London it’s £1,575.

Get involved

UNISON is the majority stakeholder on the trade union side of the NJC. We’re here to represent our members and win them the pay and conditions that they deserve.

Encourage your colleagues to join UNISON and become a part of the fight for fair pay.


Downloadable resources, including leaflets and posters that can be shared in your workplace are available in the UNISON Shop:


Share our graphics and videos on your channels. Make sure to use the hashtag #PayUp2024 – you can access them via our online resource library:

Resource Library

Supporting better pay

Here are three things you can do to build support for better pay:

  1. Email your councillor and ask your friends and family to do the same.
  2. Ask your councillors to agree a motion in support of a decent pay rise for council and school workers.
  3. Email your MP using our funding cuts map. Let them know why council and school workers need a proper pay rise.

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