The NJC unions (GMB, UNISON and Unite) have now presented their joint pay claim for 2023/24 to the National Employers as follows:
- RPI + 2% on all pay points
- Consideration of a flat rate increase to hourly rates of pay in order to bring the minimum rate up to £15 per hour within two years
- A review and improvement of NJC terms for family leave and pay
- A review of job evaluation outcomes for school staff whose day-to-day work includes working on Special Educational Needs (SEN)
- An additional day of annual leave for personal or well-being purposes
- A homeworking allowance for staff for whom it is a requirement to work from home
- A reduction in the working week by two hours
- A review of the pay spine, including looking at the top end, and discussions about the link between how remuneration can be used to improve retention
The Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure for December that was published on 18 January 2023 was 13.4%. The employers point out that to give an increase of 15.4% would add £2.6 billion to paybill costs.
Meetings are expected to start on this shortly and we will keep members advised as developments unfold.