GMB union NJC Pay update June 2022

GMB union members who completed surveys, also indicated other key issues of importance this year.

13 June 2022

Local Government Pay 2022/23

This NJC pay claim for 2022/23 is made by the Joint Trade Union Side (UNISON, GMB, and UNITE) to the Local Government Association.

You will have received correspondence from GMB head office but for those who have not received correspondence, we would like to share the information as we strongly believe all our members should have a say on their pay.

Firstly, we would like to thank our members who have recently participated in a survey regarding your aspirations for pay this year. All of the results were collated and considered by your GMB trade union teams of Officers and Reps and the GMB Union National Local Government and Schools Committees.

GMB UNION National Committees agreed that our claim should include: an increase of no less than RPI; a Covid recognition payment, review of term time only contracts, and consideration of retainers; a reduction in the working week (without loss of pay) to 35 hours (34 hours in London); a review of mileage rates.

GMB trade union presented this claim to Unison and Unite in discussions to agree on this year's joint union pay claim. The final pay claim, as agreed by all three unions, and which has now been submitted is:

  •  A headline claim of an increase of £2,000 on each pay point, or of the current RPI rate, whichever is the greater 
  • A Covid-19 recognition payment
  •  Review of term time only contracts and consideration of retainers
  • Reduction in the working week (without loss of pay) to 35 hours (34 in London)
  • One additional day of annual leave across the board
  • Introduction of a home working allowance for all staff who are working from home
  • A national minimum agreement on homeworking policies for all councils

  • A separate urgent review of all mileage rates currently applying 

Employers will now consider the pay claim ahead of pay negotiations starting.

GMB union members who completed surveys, also indicated other key issues of importance this year. All results are being analysed by regional teams to identify potential local campaigning targets outside of this national pay claim. If you and your colleagues want a GMB union campaign in your workplace to improve your terms and conditions, please contact your local GMB trade union Representative.

This Pay Claim is for Local Government, Councils & Schools including all Local Authority Maintained Schools and the vast majority of Academy Trust Schools.

For any Academy Trust that does not automatically apply NJC Pay settlements GMB will submit separate claims with the Employer. These Pay Claims will be exactly the same as those detailed above to try and ensure consistency and continuity for all School and Academy support staff.

If you & your colleagues would like GMB to come into your school/workplace and update you on this or other key issues, please contact your reps on the numbers below and we will arrange to visit ASAP.

download NJC_Pay_Claim_2022 here


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