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Pay and Conditions for 2016 - 2018

Local Government Services - 2 year deal agreed

Chief Executives - 2 year deal agreed

Chief Officers - 2 year deal agreed

School Teachers - 2016 document available

Soulbury - 2 year deal agreed

Teachers in Residential Establishments - 2016 deal agreed

Youth and Community Workers - 2 year deal agreed

Blind Workshop - 2 year deal agreed

Coroners - latest update available

NJC for Local Government Services

29 November

Terms of Reference have been agreed for the Joint Review of Term Time Working. These are contained in a joint circular PDF 321Kb.

(updated 29 November 2016)

14 October

Late on 13 October, Unison submitted an additional pay claim PDF 375Kb for 2017 - 18 following their Local Government Conference. The National Employers have responded PDF 114Kb today stating they are not willing to consider the new pay claim.

(updated 14 October 2016)

22 August

Part of the 2016/18 pay deal included a commitment to review the NJC Pay Spine. The terms of reference for this review have now been agreed between the employers and staff side trade unions. A copy of the joint circular can be found here PDF 281Kb.

10 August

The NJC have issued a joint circular regarding Christmas and New Year 2016/17 Working Arrangements.

16 May

Agreement on the two year pay deal for 'Green Book' employees has finally been reached. For details of the pay rates applicable from April 2016 and April 2017 please see the NJC circular PDF 165Kb.

(updated 16 May 2016)

12 May

Employers thought they had found a way to resolve the situation so that a pay circular could be issued, HOWEVER, Unite appears to be continuing to seek to further delay the pay circular being signed off by its national officer, Fiona Farmer.

You might be interested in the circular from GMB PDF 226Kb to its branches expressing its frustration.

Employers continue to urge Unite to bring this matter to a close quickly as this is preventing employees from getting their pay increase.

11 May

Following a meeting of the Joint Secretaries the pay circular issue has now finally been resolved. Unite’s National Officer has consented to her name being included on the circular but not the electronic facsimile of her actual signature. This was accepted by us, UNISON and GMB. The draft pay circular is currently with the TU Side for checking and we hope to issue it in the next couple of days.

(updated 12 May 2016)

5 May

Discussions have continued to take place between the three unions since Unite’s announcement on 3 May (see below). Unite continues to refuse to put its signature to the NJC pay circular thereby preventing a formal collective agreement being finalised between the two Sides.

In accordance with the TU Side NJC Constitution, GMB has now invoked its right to call for an extraordinary meeting of the TU Side NJC Executive in order that a clear unequivocal TU position can be reached and relayed to the National Employers. UNISON and GMB expect this meeting to result in a formal written acceptance of the Employers’ pay offer by a majority decision on the TU Side.

Unfortunately this latest development means that there will be a further delay in publishing the NJC pay circular for at least another week or so.

(updated 11 May 2016)

3 May

Unite has confirmed that it is not accepting the Employers’ two-year pay offer. It has issued the following statement:

“Unite the Union has determined not to sign up to the 2 year pay offer from the employers. In a full nationwide postal ballot, our members overwhelmingly rejected the offer as it falls well short of our expectations on pay and fails to address the real loss of earnings our members have suffered since 2010. We do however recognise the collective majority decision of the other unions and respect that this offer will now be implemented across local authorities. Pay in local government is the lowest across all public services and Unite will continue to campaign to remove the unjustified 1% cap on pay, actively fight back against the Tories cuts and tackle councils who refuse to pay the real living wage”

Unite has confirmed that it is not prepared to sign a formal NJC pay circular. We are therefore now urgently considering whether there are Constitutional or other implications if the Employers and UNISON / GMB issue a pay circular that does not contain Unite’s signature. We have asked the Trade Union Side to confirm formally their view in regard to this unusual situation.

27 April

Following a meeting of its Local Government Committee, Unison has announced that it has formally accepted the Employers’ two year pay offer for 2016-18. We are waiting to hear from Unite and we know that GMB had already accepted the offer.

(updated 4 May)

Please click for full details of the history of the NJC for LGS pay negotiations for 2016 - 2018.

Chief Executives

24 March

Agreement has been reached on a two year pay deal effective from 1 April 2016. The JNC Circular is available here PDF 75Kb.

5 February

The National Employers have made a final pay offer to the Chief Exec JNC Staff Side. Details can be found in the letter sent to the Staff Side.

(updated 10 February 2016)

1 February

A pay claim has now been received. The National Employers are being consulted on how they wish to respond.

(updated 10 February 2016)

January

The National Employers have not yet received a pay claim from the JNC Staff Side. However, in light of making an offer to the JNC Staff Side for Chief Officers, the JNC for Chief Executives is currently considering their position in preparation for when a claim is submitted.

(updated 13 January 2016)

Chief Officers

17 March

Agreement has been reached on a two year pay deal of 1% each year. Full details can be found in the JNC circular PDF 83Kb.

(Updated 23 March 2016)

January 2016

The National Employers have made a final pay offer to the Chief Officer JNC Officers' Side. Details are set out in a letter PDF 180Kb to Justin Bowden, Secretary.

(updated 13 January 2016)

The JNC Officers' Side has submitted a pay claim PDF 653Kb.

Craftworkers

17 May

The JNC have issued the pay circular PDF 236Kb confirming agreement to the two-year pay deal.

(updated 17 May 2016)

4 May

UCATT, GMB and Unite have today formally accepted the Employers’ two-year pay offer for local authority Craft & Associated Employees.

The JNC pay circular will be published in the next few days once it has been signed off by all parties.

(updated 4 May 2016)

5 February

The National Employers have clarified a number of elements that caused the Trade Union Side some concern. In addition, as agreement is unlikely to be reached in time for the implementation of the National Living Wage Regulations in April, the National Employers have issued guidance on meeting these requirements. The details can be found in the latest Employer Circular PDF 182Kb.

(Updated 10 February 2016)

January 2016

The JNC Trade Union Side has submitted a pay claim PDF 276Kb for 2016/17. The National Employers have already made a final offer PDF 161Kb.

(updated 15 January 2016)

The National Employers have made a final pay offer to the JNC Craftworker Trade Union Side. The details reflect the two year offer made to the NJC Local Government Services.

Letter to the Trade Union Side.

(updated 7 January 2016)

School Teachers

August 2016

The School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document 2016 is now available.

November 2015

NEOST have submitted their evidence PDF 403Kb to the STRB

October 2015

The Secretary of State for Education wrote to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) with the remit for the 2016 Document.

Soulbury

29 September

Agreement has been reached on the 2016 and 2017 pay awards. Details can be found in the Joint Circular PDF 254Kb.

(updated 12 October 2016)

25 July

The Employers’ Side has made an offer PDF 216Kb to the Officers’ Side in response to their pay and conditions claim. We understand that the Officers’ Side (NUT, Prospect and AEP) will now consult its members and will aim to respond to this in early September. There will be a meeting of the Soulbury Committee thereafter.

(updated 4 August 2016)

27 May

The Officers' side have submitted a pay and conditions claim PDF 236Kb for this year from the Officers’ Side. The Employers' side would now like to undertake a consultation of local authorities through the Regional Employer Organisation, partly because this may enable us to receive a better response from local authorities, but also to emphasis the point that responses to pay claims from different local government groups should, as far as possible and particularly in the current climate, be made on a consistent basis with the recent LGS pay agreement where there are no reasons to suggest otherwise. A summary of the claim is below

Soulbury Pay and Conditions Claim 2016

  1. A substantial increase in pay is needed following the multi-year pay freeze and below inflation increases of recent years. The Officers’ Side therefore seeks a substantial increase in the value of all Soulbury pay scale points and all pay-related and London allowances from 1 September 2016.
  2. Extension of the SPA System – Reward of a fourth SPA point.

Please send any comments you have on this to advice@seemp.co.uk no later than Tuesday, 28 June at the latest so that we may collate the regional response and submit it to the LGA.

(updated 27 May 2016)

Teachers in Residential Establishments

29 September

Agreement has been reached on the 2016 pay award and allowances. Details can be found in the Joint Circular PDF 188Kb.

(updated 12 October 2016)

JNC Youth and Community Workers

25 October

The Employers’ Side and Staff Side of the JNC for Youth and Community Workers has published its joint report PDF 934Kb on its workforce survey for 2016.

(updated 25 October 2016)

29 September

Agreement has been reached on the two year pay award. Details are available in the Joint Circular PDF 95Kb.

(updated 12 October 2016)

25 July

The Employers’ Side made an offer PDF 116Kb to the Staff Side on 16 June. We met with the Staff Side (Unite, Unison, UCU and NUT) at Joint Secretarial level last Wednesday for further talks. Once our final offer is agreed the Staff Side will carry out a consultation of members and will aim to respond in early September.

(updated 4 August 2016)

Staff Side have submitted a pay and conditions claim PDF 682Kb for this year. The Employers' side would now like to undertake a consultation of local authorities through the Regional Employer Organisation, partly because this may enable us to receive a better response from local authorities but also to emphasis the point that responses to pay claims from different local government groups should, as far as possible and particularly in the current climate, be made on a consistent basis with the recent LGS pay agreement where there are no reasons to suggest otherwise. A summary of the claim is below. I would ask you to note that in terms of point two of the claim the Employers’ Side is in the process of giving consideration to the most effective bargaining arrangements for youth and community staff but we would still welcome any views on this.

Youth and Community Pay and Conditions Claim 2016

  1. to join with staff to mount a strong campaign to defend youth services.
  2. to recognise the JNC agreement and commit to maintaining it for all youth and community work staff, both in local authorities and outsourced employers
  3. to give a rise of £1000 on all grades and allowances from September 2016 and the deletion of the bottom pay point to bring the whole spine above the hourly Living Wage.
  4. to commit to ensuring that no pay point should fall below the Minimum Income Standard annual earnings requirement for a single adult by 2020.
  5. to undertake a joint comparative review of all London and Area Allowances to be completed by December 2017.
  6. to issue strong joint guidance to local authorities, clarifying and reminding them of their pensions provision responsibilities in paragraph 20 of the JNC agreement.
  7. to formally define an Evening session as one that finishes after 6pm.
  8. to reduce the working week for all youth workers to 36 hours and 35 hours in London.
  9. to begin a dialogue between the employers and trade unions about the inclusion of playwork practitioners in the JNC agreement and pay scales.

Please send any comments you have on this to advice@seemp.co.uk no later than Tuesday, 7 June at the latest so that we may collate the regional response and submit it to the LGA.

In addition, the Employers Side has been in discussions with the Staff Side at Joint Secretarial level with regard to producing national guidance on working practices and work life balance in the sector. While there is an employer’s adviser on the JNC, the LGA would like to seek the views and input any HR practitioners in youth and community work in developing this. If there is anyone who would be interested please let us know so that we can put you in touch with the team.

(updated 19 May 2016)

The LGA have issued an Employers’ Side circular on the future of the JNC for Youth and Community Workers setting out their plans to align and transfer this group of staff to the NJC for Local Government Services (Green Book).

(update January 2016)

NJC for Workshops for the Blind

17 May

Agreement has been reached on a two-year pay deal for those employees in workshops for the blind. Details of the agreement are contained in the NJC pay circular PDF 148Kb.

(updated 17 May 2016)

JNC for Coroners

25 November

The JNC have issued a joint circular PDF 91Kb confirming that a joint job evaluation exercise will take place using Hay.

(updated 29 November 2016)

19 October

The JNC have issued a joint circular PDF 101Kb regarding working to achieve a joint job evaluation exercise.

(updated 20 October 2016)

30 September

The JNC Management Side has issued an update on progress. In summary, the August meeting of the JNC was tentatively positive with a further meeting to be held in October. The MoJ has clarified the position and has now removed any confusion around the possibility of a referral to the SSRB. There are two ways forward being considered at present. Full details can be found in the Management Side Circular. PDF 836Kb

(updated 12 October 2016)

July

The National Employers have provided an update on progress for Coroners Pay. A copy of the circular can be found here PDF 194Kb.

(updated 19 July 2016)

The National Employers have released a circular PDF 505Kb giving the latest position. The MoJ will not take on responsibility for Coroners pay so the National Employers will provide advice to Authorities who are managing discussions locally regarding pay. A critique of the PWC JE Exercise is included in the circular and work undertaken to ensure that Coroners pay can be assessed using the Hay JE scheme already in place for the assessment of senior Authority posts. The circular includes the letter from Micheal Gove, Secretary of State for Justice, and the LGA response.

Along side the circular, the National Employers have circulated a draft document that was brought to their attention recently. The origin of this document is so far unknown but discussion with a few authorities suggests it may be the Coroners’ Society. It is felt that this draft should be provided to authorities as although it is designated as a draft it does look quite ‘official’ and there is a chance of it being presented in individual discussions within authorities. This may lead to some confusion that it has been issued or even discussed with the LGA/management side of the JNC, which it has not. There are areas of the document that may cause authorities concern, therefore, it is worth reading carefully.

(Updated 23 March 2016)

Further to the communication sent out on 22nd February, the National Employers have issued a request for contact information in lead authorities for Coroner services.

National Employers circular

Coroner Area contacts list

If you have not already advised the LGA who your lead authority is, please contact them on coroners.queries@local.gov.uk

(updated 26 February 2016)

The National Employers side has written to Authorities and the Secretary of State following discussions with coroner representatives.

You will see that there has been a proposal to ‘re-energise’ the JNC including reviewing pay and payments to Coroners, and looking at a job evaluation exercise to determine appropriate pay levels but this has been rejected for various reasons. The proposed way forward would remove authority control. Therefore the Ministry of Justice has been asked to consider taking on responsibility for coroner pay arrangements, including meeting the cost.

You will note on page 3 of the Circular that some Coroners are approaching their authority to seek a local review of their pay in line with the PWC JE report, stating refusal will result in referring the matter to Sec of State to determine salary level. If this has happened in your authority, you re asked to forward relevant information to coroners.queries@local.gov.uk

LGA will be surveying authorities in due course for the reasons outlined in the circular. Please note that it would be helpful if you advise LGA now which authority is responsible for making salary payments in your coroner area and provide the name and email address of the relevant officer who would complete this on behalf of their authority to coroners.queries@local.gov.uk

(updated 27 January 2016)

Management Side have issued a circular dealing with a number of issues that have been raised recently regarding this group of staff.

JNC Coroners Circular - 31 July 2015 PDF 43Kb

(updated 31 July 2015)