We will soon ballot members on whether they accept or reject the NJC final pay offer. Due to Covid-19, this ballot will likely take place online. 

UNISON's NJC Committee believes strongly that the pay offer falls far short of what members need and deserve. Local government staff have suffered years of real terms pay cuts and have shown how vital they are during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2.75% pay offer does not meet our pay claim, the increase in annual leave will benefit very few people, and there is nothing to meet our demand for a shorter working week. However, some on the committee noted that local government is struggling financially which could impact on jobs and that the offer is higher than inflation.

The Committee is clear that discussions with the employers can go no further, so this offer is the best achievable by negotiation. If members wish to reject the offer, they must be prepared to take significant industrial action in order to achieve an improved offer.

Jun 30, 2020