Council and school members approve pay award

UNISON’s consultation of members on the NJC pay offer for 2022 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland closed last week. UNISON’s NJC Committee met on Monday 26 September to receive the results of the consultation.

UNISON members have voted to accept the pay offer, with 63.5% voting to accept and 36.5% voting to reject.

Nationally, the turnout was significantly higher than in previous years – more than 10 percentage points up on last year. We would like to thank branches for all of your efforts in talking to members about the consultation and encouraging them to vote. Our NJC Committee will be reviewing the consultation and campaign, to try to boost turnouts still further in future consultations and ballots. The Committee has also begun to discuss the pay claim for 2023, with a view to getting it agreed as soon as possible.

We now await the results of the GMB and Unite consultations on 2022 pay, both of which will end in October.

Locally, across North Yorkshire most of our councils have already paid the proposed offer to make sure the money gets into our members’ pockets as soon as possible. Local government and school members in North Yorkshire voted 80% to accept and 20% to reject the offer.

We would like to thank all our members in North Yorkshire who took part in the pay consultation.

The pay award for school and local government workers was an increase of £1,925 a year on all spinal points (about £1 per hour for everyone), plus an extra days’ leave from 1 April 2023.