UNISON Northern Ireland

NJC Pay Offer 2020

In July, UNISON members in education and local government who are on contracted NJC terms and conditions will be asked to decide whether to accept or reject the employers' final offer of 2.75%. This is the best that can 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.

It is clear that the offer falls well short of what members need and deserve. However, UNISON's NJC Committee believes that we have reached the end of our discussions with the employers and so this is the best pay offer achievable by negotiation. The committee is not making a recommendation on whether members should accept or reject the pay offer.

In the coming weeks members will receive information on the offer, and will be asked to vote on whether they accept or reject it. You will receive your ballot by email, text or post depending on the information we have for you on your membership record. For those with email addresses or mobile numbers listed, you will receive a link to complete an online ballot. For those without either listed on their record, you will receive a ballot paper in the post. For other UNISON members in education settings whose pay is linked to NJC pay (e.g. voluntary grammar schools, integrated schools and Irish medium schools) we will be approaching your employer to raise a claim if this offer is accepted.

Ballot closes at 4pm on the 7th August.

Please contact your local UNISON branch www.unison-ni.org.uk/branches or the UNISON regional centre, Belfast UnisonNorthernIreland@unison.co.uk • 02890270190 •

NJC Pay Offer Presentation