local government services pay update GMB union

Agreement has been reached

3 September 2020

Local government services pay agreement 2020-21, GMB union update


Agreement has been reached between the National Employers and the NJC Trade Union Side on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2020.

GMB trade union and UNISON both voted to accept whilst Unite voted to reject. However, in line with the Constitution of the NJC, Unite accepts the collective majority decision of the other unions that the pay award will now be implemented.

The new pay rates are attached at Annex 1. The new rates for allowances, up-rated by 2.75 per cent, are set out at Annex 2. (see below)

The NJC has also agreed to enter into discussions on examining all options for ensuring the sector – and the NJC pay spine - can meet the challenge of the Government’s target for the National Living Wage in the coming years.

Annual Leave

The NJC has also agreed that from 1 April 2020, minimum annual leave will increase from 21 to 22 days for employees with less than five years’ service.

The National Agreement Part 2 Para 7.2 will therefore, with effect from 1 April 2020, be amended to read as follows:

7.2 Annual Leave The minimum paid annual leave entitlement is twenty-two days with a further three days after five years of continuous service. The entitlement as expressed applies to five day working patterns. For alternative working patterns an equivalent leave entitlement should be calculated.

Stress and Mental Health

The NJC has further agreed that the Joint Secretaries will begin discussions on “a comprehensive joint national review of the workplace causes of stress and mental health”

GMB North West & Irish Region

GMB North West & Irish Region

GMB North West & Irish Region

GMB North West & Irish Region