NJC Pay update July 2022 for GMB trade union members

GMB union is clear. Public sector workers and the people of our country deserve better. It's time to make work better.

12 July 2022

NJC Pay Update for GMB trade union members in public sector.

Make Work Better for Public Sector Workers

Workers across Local Authorities, Schools, and Academies deserve better. For too long the people who are at the heart of our communities have been failed by their employers. They are the people collecting our bins and sweeping our streets in all weathers, educating and looking after our children, taking care of our elderly, sick, and most vulnerable, and doing all the other countless, crucial jobs for the public. With the increasing prices and the cost of living rising to an all-time high, this failure is hitting hard.

GMB union says this must change

The pandemic has shown us how much the country needs our hard-pressed, public service heroes and how much GMB trade union members care, so passionately, about what they do. But, for so many workers in the public sector, every day is a real struggle, and it's getting worse. Prices are skyrocketing, with inflation about to hit 10%. Energy bills are out of control. The cost of filling up a car is at record levels.

It's a scandal that people doing some of the most important jobs in our society are dealing with this cost-of-living crisis whilst living with chronically low pay.

The public deserves better too. Years of real terms funding cuts have led to dirty streets, closed libraries, and low pay across our schools.

GMB trade union members throughout councils and schools want to deliver for the public they serve, but just don't have the resources or numbers of staff to do it.

It's not just GMB union that is shouting about this. Councils across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland say they need a fair funding settlement from Government to survive.

GMB union is clear. Public sector workers and the people of our country deserve better. It's time to make work better.

That's why GMB trade union submitted the following pay claim this year:

  • An increase of £2,000 on each pay point, or 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

Our demand is fair: for a pay award that keeps pace with inflation. GMB union will ask all members in scope of NJC pay to make sure they have their say on pay.

Look out for more details soon.

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