UNISON Northern Ireland

Education Campaigns

Industrial Action Ballot for Education Workers



NJC Pay Claim 2023

New NJC pay offer for all workers covered by NJC agreements in England Wales and Northern Ireland 

The UNISON Northern Ireland Committee leading our members in Education and Local Government have met and reviewed the recent offer from the UK employers side.

Arrangements will be made very soon on consultation with our members here in Northern Ireland.

In the meantime this is a summary of the offer.


ICTU Schools Campaign


NJC Pay Consultation 2022

With the cost of living skyrocketing to new highs every day, it’s no longer enough to state you deserve decent pay for the work you do – you need it.

In June, the trade unions submitted a pay claim demanding a substantial increase of either £2,000 or RPI (whichever is greater) on all spinal column points, from 1 April 2022. The employer’s side have responded with a pay offer for 2022/23 for an increase of £1,925 on all NJC pay points, with effect from 1 April 2022. This amount would be added to every point on the pay scale as a fully consolidated pay increase.


Vote Yes for Action on Pay

After years of declining pay, education and council workers have had enough. It’s time to take action on pay – enough is enough!

That’s why we are asking members working in schools and councils to vote for strike action. If this applies to you, you will receive important voting papers through the post in early December. Every member must post their ballot back by 14 January.


Fair Pay for Education Workers

UNISON members working in schools have played a key part in supporting the education system during very difficult months. After a decade of cuts, it’s time for a decent pay rise.


Free School Meals For All

UNISON is campaigning for the delivery of universal nutritious free school meals for all children.

We know our members working in school catering do incredible work and we want to ensure they are both recognised and valued for the work they do.


NJC Pay Offer 2020

In July, UNISON members in education and local government who are on contracted NJC terms and conditions voted to accept the employers' final offer of 2.75%. This was the best that coulld be achieved by negotiation.

The final pay offer includes:

  • a 2.75% pay increase;
  • a one-day increase in the Green Book minimum level of annual leave. This would represent an increase from 21 days to 22 days per annum and would not impact on the entitlement for those with more than 5 years' service.
  • joint work on mental health.


Education Ezine July 2020

UNISON News update for members working in education in NI. It includes essential information on:

  • the new NJC Pay Offer;
  • all you need to know for a safe return to work – including links to important health & safety resources;
  • updates on our UNISON College Education & Training Programme and our welfare support charity, There for You.
  • You will also find information on how you and a friend can win £100 each by entering our 'Recruit a Friend' Prize Draw. 


Health and Safety - Covid-19: Education Members Information

As the lockdown restrictions continue to be relaxed in different ways in Northern Ireland, UNISON has rounded up the essential Health & Safety information our members working in the Education sector need to know.


NJC Pay Offer 2018-2020 

Download the UNISON guide to the new NJC Pay Offer here. The leaflet outlines the proposed new pay scales and gives information on SCP scales by job title.