NJC UNISON members: 2018-19 pay offer
You may be aware that our national employer, the Local Government Association, has now made a pay offer to the trade unions. The offer is complicated, but the headlines are as follows:
- A two year offer for 2018 and 2019.
- A headline figure of 2% in April 2018 and 2% in April 2019.
- Larger increases for the lowest paid.
- The re-writing of the NJC pay-spine in 2019 to implement George Osborne’s National Living Wage.
The Government has claimed that it is breaking its 1% public sector pay cap with this offer but this is not true as any settlement over 1% per year will not be funded by the treasury.
You will recall that UNISON and the other TUs submitted a one year claim for a fully-funded 5% pay increase from April 2018. UNISON proved that such a pay increase for local government workers was completely affordable and would be paid back to the treasury in increased tax take and by lifting people out of in-work benefits.
The pay offer will mean a miserly 2% pay increase in April for the vast majority of Bolton Council workers at a time when inflation is currently running at over 3%. The Bank of England is not currently forecasting that inflation will go down in the foreseeable future.
So after several years of below-inflation pay rises, this is no different.
We will soon be formally consulting members on the offer but, in advance of that, branch representatives will be attending a regional briefing in Manchester next Thursday 11th January. It would therefore be appreciated if you could feedback your initial thoughts on the pay offer to me or your workplace steward.
Matt Kilsby, Branch Chair