Pay 2009 Consultation

Following the receipt of an improved pay offer from employers, the branch has been asked to consult our membership about the offer. The employer’s revised offer is for (from 1 April 2009): 

  • an increase of 1.25% on SCPs 4 to 10 inclusive.
  • an increase of 1.00% on SCPs 11 to 49 inclusive. 
  • an increase from 20 to 21 days in minimum annual leave for employees with less than five years’ service. 
  • By 1 December 2009, the NJC will produce joint guidance on best practice in handling redundancies.

All Norwich City Unison members will receive an e-mail with voting buttons asking whether you wish to accept or reject the offer.  The consultation period opens today, Monday 3 August, and closes on Friday 21 August.

Following the consultation, the Unison NJC Committee will consider the outcome and decide its course of action. The committee met last week to discuss the offer, consider their views and decide whether to recommend the offer be accepted or rejected. In light of the points below, the decision was taken to recommend acceptance of the final offer as the best achievable by negotiation and ask branches to consult members on that basis. The NJC: 

  • believes that most councils can afford the increase, with the average budget for pay being 2.2% 
  • recognises that while members may be disappointed by the level of the offer, it does improve on the employers’ initial position.  The committee believes the employers statement that they will not impose the offer and if not accepted members will not receive a pay increase for 2009/10. 
  • noted that the improved offer was not easily achieved, with a sizeable majority of the LGA not wanting to offer anything – the decision to increase the offer was only agreed by a small majority 
  • considered the very clear feedback from branches and Regions that while members wanted an increase to the initial 0.5% offer, they were not and are not prepared to take strike action

If you have any questions about this consultation or any problem casting your vote, please contact the branch office on 01603 21 2068 or by e-mail at unison@norwich.gov.uk.