UNISON calls for a 10% fair pay rise for all local government and schools workers

On Monday UNISON, GMB and Unite lodged a pay claim for all council and school workers employed on NJC pay in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The claim calls for a substantial increase, with a minimum of 10% on all spinal column points, from 1 April 2021.

Context of our claim

• Local government workers have kept the country going during the Covid-19 crisis, in one of the most difficult years ever for local authorities and their staff

• Local government workers have worked over and above the cause of duty, putting themselves and their families at risk to support the national effort against Covid-19

• The government promised to do “whatever is necessary to support these efforts” and local authorities expect them to be true to their word

• More austerity is the wrong answer and will be fiercely resisted by trade unions

• Only a substantial pay award can begin to redress a lost decade of cuts, austerity and crisis

• Local government staff have faced a real term pay cut over the past decade

• Meeting this claim will begin to recognise and reward local authority workers and their continued dedication

View Bulletin Number 1 for 2021 Pay Campaign Here
View the full NJC pay claim for 2021 here

UNISON is clear – it is time for fair pay for council and school workers ✊

What’s next?

#FairPay Q&A

UNISON is running a webinar, to brief activists and members on the pay claim and campaign at 12.30pm on Monday 1st March 2021.

Click here to join the webinar 

A video of the webinar will be available after the event for those who were unable to attend.

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