2018 Pay Negotiations
NJC for Local Government Services
On 10 April 2018 the NJC confirmed that a two year pay deal had been reached. GMB and UNISON had voted to accept the agreement and, while Unite had voted to reject the offer they recognised the collective majority decision of the other unions.
The two year pay deal provides for percentage increases in the first year to recognise cost of living increases. The second year of the deal includes the assimilation of the existing spinal column points onto a new spinal column to ensure that Local Government remains an ‘above minimum wage employer’.
On 14 June 2018 the NJC circulated FAQ’s to support councils?working towards assimilating their current pay structure to the 2019 revised structure.
JNC for Chief Executives
On 8 June 2018 a revised two year pay offer was made to the JNC for Chief Executives for Local Authorities. The offer of 2% for each of the two years was accepted by ALACE shortly after.
JNC for Chief Officers
On 12 July 2018 agreement was reached on a two year pay deal for Chief Officers.
Teachers - STPCD
Teachers’ pay rise
In the summer the Government announced that it would fully fund the pay rise for all classroom teachers. It has since emerged that this will not apply to centrally employed teachers (CETs), the majority of which provide music tuition. Through a recent letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, and in our media work, we are seeking assurances from the Government that it will meet the cost of the additional 1 to 2.5 per cent salary rise for CETs, estimated to be £5.5 million. We have reiterated that the burden cannot fall on councils, given our existing financial pressures.
Teachers in Residential Establishments
31 October 2018
Agreement has been reached on the pay and allowances award for Teachers in Residential Establishments. Full details are contained in circular 211.
JNC for Craft Workers
Following their consultative ballots, GMB members have voted to accept the pay offer and Unite members have voted to reject. However, Unite will not be taking any further action in support of their pay claim. So agreement has now been reached between the National Employers and the JNC Trade Union Side on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019.
The Trade Union Side for Soulbury Committee, which represents educational improvement professionals, educational psychologists and managers of young people?s and community services employed by local authorities, have submitted a pay claim.
The LGA issued a consultation document for those authorities who still employ people on Soulbury Terms and Conditions seeking input on aspects of the pay claim.
Update from LGA- 15 August 2018
We responded to the Officers’ Side (NEU, AEP, Prospect) on 18 July with an offer of 2% for 2018 and 2% for 2019 on all pay points on the Soulbury pay spines and allowances. We also agreed to further discussions on reform of the pay spines and terms and conditions on a without prejudice basis. The staff associations are now undertaking a consultation on this and we are awaiting a response which will hopefully be by the end of the month and which will led to a pay settlement. This will then be communicated to authorities and staff association branches.
Update – October 2018
Agreement has been reached on the pay award for 2018/19 for those on Soulbury Terms and Conditions. Details can be found in joint circular 213.
The Soulbury Workforce Earnings Survey Report has been published. The survey was conducted in order to gather information about educational improvement professionals, educational psychologists and young people’s/community service managers. The information collected relates to pay and grading, working status, vacancies, workforce characteristics, recruitment difficulties, and information about recruits.
JNC for Youth and Community Workers
A pay claim has been received for the unions representing those covered by the Pink Book terms and conditions for youth and community workers. The headline claim is for 5% or £1000, whichever is greater, on all grades and allowances to be payable from September 2018. Plus a further 5% or £1000 on all grades and allowances from September 2019.
The LGA consulted employers who have people engaged on these terms about aspects of the claim.
Update from LGA – 15 August 2018
We responded to the Staff Side Trade Unions (UNITE,UNISON, NEU and UCU) on 13 July with an offer which consisted of removal of pay point 2 in 2019, additional cash payments on points 2-6 for 2018 and 2019 and 2% for 2018 and 2% for 2019 on all of the remaining pay points on the Youth and Community Support Worker and Professional spines and allowances. We also agreed to further discussions on evening working practices, ETS accreditation for playworkers and apprenticeships in the sector. The Staff Side Trade Unions are currently undertaking a consultation on this and we hope to receive a response later this month which will hopefully lead to a pay settlement. This will then be communicated to authorities and union branches.
Update – October 2018
Agreement has been reached on the youth and community workers pay award for 2018/19. For full details please see circular 212.
Fire & Rescue Services
The LGA circulated the first annual pay survey report based on the survey conducted in 2017. The survey and report cover a number of issues relating to those in Brigade Manager roles:
- Ethnic origin
- Use of Gold Book pay rates by FRAs who do not employ Brigade Managers on Gold Book terms and conditions
The NJC issued a circular with the agreed pay award of 1% on 2017 rates effective from 1 January 2018 and 2% on 2017 rates effective 1 July 2018.
An interim pay uplift of two per cent for 2018 has been agreed for firefighters, pending the conclusion of negotiations on broadening the range of activities that operational staff can undertake. Details are contained within the circular issued by the Joint Secretaries.