We are currently in a consultative consultation Process.
Hopefully by now you will have received your consultative Ballot Form, delivered to your home address, with a pre paid return envelope, The Ballor form askes you to either Reject or Accept the Employers pay offer.
To recap it is:
The Joint Claim (from UNISON, GMB & Unite)
- A real living wage of £10 per hour to be introduced for NJC scp 1 and a 10% increase on all other NJC/GLPC pay points
- A one-day increase to the minimum paid annual leave entitlement set out in the Green Book
- A two-hour reduction in the standard working week as set out in the Green Book
A comprehensive joint national review of the workplace causes of stress and mental health throughout local authorities
The Employer’s Offer
Following extensive negotiations over several months, in April 2020, the Employers’ Side made the following final offer in response to our claim:
- With effect from 1 April 2020, an increase of 2.75% on all NJC pay points 1 and above
- With effect from 1 April 2020, an increase of one day to the minimum annual leave entitlement as set out at Part 2 Para 7.2 in the National Agreement. This increase would apply just to those employees whose leave entitlement at 1 April 2020 is twenty one days (plus extra statutory and public holidays) and would revise the current provision to read as follows:
“7.2 The minimum paid annual leave entitlement is twenty two days with a further three days after five years of continuous service. The entitlement as expressed applies to five day working patterns. For alternative working patterns an equivalent leave entitlement should be calculated”
The National Employers agreed that the Joint Secretaries should continue their discussions on the element of the claim that seeks “a comprehensive joint national review of the workplace causes of stress and mental health”
The Branch Position
After Years of pay freezes and 1% deals this offer is just not acceptable, many authorities including Bolton had budgeted for 3%.
This pay negotiation is about more than the cash in your pocket, it asks for an additional days annual leave, and a reduced working week of 2 hours. Many local authorise including a number in the North West Region already have a 35 Hr Working week. (this would not affect your pay)
I know some people are convinced that there is no money from the treasury and after this pandemic we would appear to be greedy to ask for more. The truth is that is exactly what the government want you to believe, there is money for a pay rise and better conditions and our claim simply proposes to level up the loss of pay increases we have missed out on over the years.
This fight is with the government not with our employer Bolton Council or Serco.
At a time when we are expected to work longer into our life spans until we are 67-68 and our work loads increase with each review and restructure, when will you say enough is enough. I ask that the time is NOW, at a time when the public recognise our worth its time for public sector workers to recognise there own worth, vote reject and tell this government enough is enough of keeping the pay, terms and conditions of public sector workers down.
Whatever your decision, please do fill in the form and return it to the office, again the Tories have placed strict restrictions on trade unions imposing an 80% turn out of memberships of unions in ballots. This is a consultative ballot, a sounding out of our membership and as your branch officials we want to know what your position is.
Thank you for your time, and I hope you are safe and well during this pandemic.
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Andrea Egan | UNISON Branch Secretary |