(Please note the 2018-2020 pay deal has been agreed and is a separate pay deal to this one and is due to be implemented and back pay will be paid as appropriate)

The UNISON NJC Committee met on Tuesday 20th April 2019 to discuss the contents of the NJC pay claim for 2020/21.

In considering the proposed claim for 2020/21, the NJC Committee was mindful of the context:

  • The move to the new NJC pay spine and the importance of not unravelling the 2% incremental differences newly established
  • The minimum NJC scp hourly rate is now the same as the Foundation Living Wage (FLW) hourly rate
  • The FLW forms a stepping stone towards UNISON’s wider goal of achieving minimum pay rates of £10 an hour across the UK

The Committee agreed that our core objective must continue to focus on the restoration of decent pay levels for all members and a bold claim is needed.

The Committee also wanted to keep the claim simple and agreed not to recommend the inclusion of any NJC conditions in this pay claim.  Instead members will be consulted about a separate NJC conditions claim at a later date.

Proposed Pay Claim 2020-21

The committee is proposing the following claim for 2020/21:

10% or £10 per hour, whichever is the greater.

A table is attached setting out current NJC and GLPC rates and showing the impact of the claim.

The economic background paper considered by the Committee highlights:

  • Recruitment and retention problems: affecting 74% of councils
  • Inflation: RPI at 2.7% and CPI at 2.1%. RPI to average 3.2% over 2019 and remain over 3% to 2022
  • Average earnings: Predicted to be 2.5% in 2019 rising to 3.2% by 2023
  • Average pay settlements: 8% for private sector; 2.7% for public sector

It is very important that the NJC Committee gets a view from as many branches as possible and that members are engaged at this stage in the claim, therefore if you are employed under the NJC terms and conditions can we please ask you to read the information and provide the branch with your response to the following question by email or in writing to Staffordshire UNISON, 56 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LY:

 Do you agree that the 2020/21 claim should seek:

 10% or £10 per hour, whichever is the greater.

 If you have answered ‘NO’ to the question, please state why in your response.

 Please note the deadline for responses is Thursday 30th May 2019