Kirklees Unison – E-Bulletin

Dear Member

We hope you are well. Please see below important updates from Kirklees UNISON.

NJC COMMITTEE AGREES TO CONSULT MEMBERS – AND ASKS THEM TO REJECT THE 1.75% OFFER

On 27 July the Employers’ Side of the National Joint Council (NJC) wrote to the unions with a final pay offer for 2021. From 1 April 2021, they are offering:

  • An increase of 2.75% for those on pay point 1
  • An increase of 1.75% for everyone else
  • Completion of the outstanding work of the joint Term-Time Only review group
  • Discussions on joint framework guidance on homeworking (but no offer of a homeworking allowance)
  • Discussions on joint guidance on mental health
  • Incorporation of new statutory provisions for neo-natal leave and pay into the Green Book

UNISON’s NJC Committee met on 28 July and agreed to launch a consultation of members on this final pay offer. The Committee strongly agreed to recommend that members vote to reject the offer.

The Committee agreed that the 0.25% improvement in the offer is insignificant (following the earlier offer of 1.5%), and the offer is nowhere near what members need or deserve, following years of real terms pay cuts and the outstanding work members in councils and schools have done throughout the pandemic.

We know that many local authorities are struggling financially. However, the unions had requested that the Local Government Association (LGA) join us in campaigning for more funds from the Westminster Government for local government pay. The LGA have refused, saying that they will only be calling for more funds for services.

We also know that many councils have budgeted 2% or more for this year’s pay increase.

The precise consultation timeline has yet to be determined but the branch is already beginning preparations to consult members in line with the national position. If you are on NJC terms and conditions you should receive the branch consultation survey by early September if not before.

NJC PAY – ACTIONS THAT ALL MEMBERS CAN TAKE

Whether you are directly affected by NJC pay awards or not, we hope that all branch members will want to support their fellow UNISON members in getting the pay rise they deserve. If the current offer is not improved then it means that workers will suffer a pay cut in real terms due to the effects of inflation.

On 26 July, UNISON General Secretary, Christina McAnea wrote to Boris Johnson calling on him to make funds available for a decent pay increase for local government workers. You can read the letter here:

Please share this letter widely and encourage your colleagues, friends and family members to contact their MP and ask them to stand up for fair pay. An easy way to do this is to use UNISON’s “Email your MP” tool which can be found here:

UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

It is always important that UNISON has your up-to-date details but it is never more so than when we are needing to consult members about issues such as pay. You can ensure that your details are up-to-date by visiting

or by calling the branch office on 01484 456945.

Please remember that, as UNISON believes that members should pay subscriptions based on their level of earnings, it is important that you keep the branch informed of any changes to salary (whether up or down) as this may affect which subscription “band” you are in. This does not just apply to permanent changes to salary but also to temporary variations in pay due to sick leave, maternity leave etc. We do not want members paying more than they need to at times of reduced income and so please get in touch with the branch if you need to update your salary details.

With best wishes

Kirklees UNISON