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The NJC Trade Union Side submitted the following one-year pay claim for 2024/25:

For an increase of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is greater, on all spinal column points from 1 April 2024.

The claim also called for:

Reviews of the gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps in local government • A 2-hour reduction in the working week with no detriment • An additional day of annual leave for personal or well-being purposes (with term time only staff also receiving a full day rather than a pro rata amount, that they can use at any time, including term time) • A phased approach to reaching a minimum pay rate of £15 an hour in a maximum of two years, sooner if possible You can read the full pay claim here: https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2024/02/NJC-Pay-Claim-2024-25.pdf

The pay offer In May, the Employers’ Side made a full and final pay offer. The full offer letter can be read here: https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2024/05/Emps-to-NJCTUs-pay-offer-16May24.pdf

The offer is an increase of £1,290 (pro rata for part-time employees) to be paid as a consolidated, permanent addition on all NJC pay points 2 to 43 inclusive, from 1 April 2024.

In addition, the Employers’ Side offered: – – 2.5% increase on all allowances 2.5% increase on all pay points above the maximum of the pay spine but graded below deputy chief officer

The UNISON NJC Committee is asking members to vote in the digital consultation on whether to accept or reject the pay offer. The NJC Committee is recommending that members vote to ‘reject’ the pay offer on the basis that it falls below the pay claim and does not address the real-terms fall in wages over the past 14 years. The Committee wants every member to vote so that we have a full picture of members’ views. Members should be aware that if they vote to reject the offer, the next step would be an industrial action ballot to attempt to force the employers to make an improved offer.

The NJC committee has decided to run a digital pay consultation. This means that members will be sent an email with a unique, secure voting link. The email will be sent to whichever email address is held on their UNISON membership record.

The pay consultation starts from Wednesday 5 June and closes on Friday 28 June at midday. The first emails will be sent out on 5 June and members should receive their email by the end of Friday 7 June.

How to vote – click on the link in the email and this will take you directly to the voting page where members can vote to ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ the pay offer. Each member can only vote once – votes are secure and anonymous. Don’t forward the email on to others who may not have one, the link is for you only.

If you know of other members who have not received an email with their personal voting link then please ask them to follow the instructions below.

Emails with voting links will be sent out from Wednesday 5 June and all members will have received their email by the end of Friday 7 June. If a member hasn’t received their email by the morning of Monday 10 June then they can vote by visiting this webpage: unison.org.uk/njc2024 On this webpage members need to click on the ‘Vote here’ button and this will take them to the same NJC voting pages. Because members will be following a general voting link they will then need to verify their membership details to access their personalised vote online. To do this they will need their UNISON membership number or their National Insurance number as well as their date of birth and surname as recorded on the UNISON membership system. Members should only use this method of voting if they haven’t received their voting link in an email by 10 June.

If members are having problems voting then they will be advised to call the UNISON Direct number: 0800 0 857 857. UNISON Direct colleagues will be able to help members check their membership details and access their vote. Members should wait until at least Monday 10 June before calling UNISON Direct as not all voting emails will be received until Friday 7 June.

If members do not have a current email address on their UNISON membership record then they won’t receive an email with their voting link. However, they can still vote by visiting the website unison.org.uk/njc2024

All UNISON members who join by 13 June 2024 will be able to vote in this digital pay consultation. They will be sent an email with their voting link in the week starting 24 June 2024.

The digital pay consultation closes on Friday 28 June at midday.

Please encourage all your colleagues covered by NJC pay in schools, councils and relevant associated employers to vote. We want to know what members really think. Members will be sent up to three emails during this digital pay consultation. The first one will be sent out between 5-7 June; the second one will be sent by Friday 14 June; the final email will be sent to arrive by Wednesday 26 June. New members will be sent an email by 26 June. We will also send a text message to members with a reminder to vote before the consultation closes. Members who have already vote won’t receive further reminders.