NJC Pay Claim for 2020-21

Take part in our online consultation!

The UNISON NJC Committee met recently to discuss the contents of the NJC pay claim for 2020/21.

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 other NJC conditions in this pay claim – 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

The economic background paper considered by the Committee is available to download here and highlights:

  • Recruitment and retention problems: affecting 74% of councils;
  • Inflation: RPI at 2.7% and CPI at 2.1%. RPI is set 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: 2.8% for private sector; 2.7% for public sector.

The UNISON NJC Committee will meet again on Thursday 6 June 2019 to consider the results of this branch consultation and to agree UNISON’s proposals for the 2020/21 pay claim.

What is your view on this pay claim?


The deadline to take part is noon Friday 31st May.