Published May 17, 2021 at 9:44
The Employers’ Side of the NJC has responded to the trade unions’ pay claim, with a pay offer of 1.5%, and completion of the outstanding work of the joint term-time only review group.
The Employers also responded to various elements of the unions’ conditions claim. They proposed exploratory discussions on a national minimum agreement on homeworking policies, a best practice national programme on mental health, and a joint review of maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption provisions.
The Employers made no offer on a homeworking allowance, working hours or annual leave.
The three unions will be making a joint statement later today. It will make clear that after a year in which local government staff showed more than ever how indispensable they are to our communities, going beyond the call of duty and risking their lives to provide services, this offer comes as a shock, and it would be surprising if it went down well with our members. We will be seeking a meeting with the Employers to improve this offer as soon as possible.
The NJC Committee meets next week, on Friday 21 May, to decide on UNISON’s formal response as well as our next steps for the negotiations and the campaign.
We will also issue a campaign bulletin early next week, with the latest news and campaign resources.