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NUT briefing on pay negotiations 2011

This briefing gives details of current developments in pay bargaining in 2011 in education and local government in England and Wales, in order to brief NUT Executive members, officers and activists including in their organising and recruitment activities.

As we now know, on top of the Government’s two year public sector pay freeze covering 2011 and 2012, public sector pay will be limited to increases of just 1% in 2013 and 2014.

EDUCATION NEGOTIATING GROUPS

School Teachers

  • Most recent pay agreement: No pay offer for September 2011 or September 2012 as a result of Government’s two-year public sector pay freeze. Incremental pay progression not affected. Unqualified teachers on the first three points of their pay scale will, however, receive a £250 non-consolidated payment.
  • Current position: In his Autumn 2011 Statement, the Chancellor announced that he would be limiting public sector pay increases to 1% in 2013 and 2014. Incremental pay progression not affected.

NJC for Staff in Sixth Form Colleges

  • Most recent pay agreement: 0.75% wef 1 Sept. 2010 and a commitment to restore pay with teachers when funding allowed and joint guidance on working time.
  • Current position: The Staff Side has submitted 2011 pay claim which seeks a pay increase which at least restores pay comparability with schools. In response, the Employers refused to make any offer on pay. The NUT is taking the lead in organising a campaign to resist cuts to 16-19 provision. The NUT is preparing to ballot members in the sector on both pay and funding.

Soulbury Committee

  • Most recent pay agreement: No agreement or increase for September 2010.
  • Current position: The Soulbury unions 2011 claim called for a pay offer, a joint statement in defence of LAs and Soulbury services and agreement on a number of non-pay items. In response, the Employers refused to make any offer on pay claiming that any offer would cost jobs. The Employers said, however, that they would take into account the impact of pay freezes in previous years to see if it could be possible for them to take a different position in 2012. Soulbury unions expressed strong disappointment over the refusal to make any offer on pay. That would translate into a pay cut and would demoralise Soulbury staff.
JNC for Teachers in Residential Establishments
  • Most recent pay agreement: No increases in respect of pay or allowances for September 2011 by reason of pay linkage with STPCD though unqualified teachers earning less than £21,000 will get £250. Incremental pay progression not affected.
  • Current position: Due to the pay linkage, there will be no pay increase for 2011-12 and 2012-13 apart from those earning £21,000 or less who will receive a pay increase of £250.

JNC for Youth and Community Workers

  • Most recent pay agreement: No agreement or increase for September 2010.
  • Current position: The unions 2011 claim called for a pay offer and agreement on a number of non-pay items. Employers refused to make any offer on pay or non-pay items for September 2011 but would see if it was possible for them to take a ‘different’ position in 2012. Unions criticised Employers response. JNC to meet again before the end of the year.

HE

  • Most recent pay settlement: £150 pay increase on all pay points (0.5% of the pay bill) plus an increase in London weighting in post-92 institutions of 0.5% wef 1 August 2011 (implemented without agreement).

FE

  • Most recent pay settlement: £125-£309 wef 1 August 2011 involving a consolidated pay increase of £200 a year for all staff earning less than £21,000, a consolidated pay increase of £125 a year for staff earning £21,000 or above, a consolidated pay rise of £309 a year for staff on the minimum pay point (an increase of 2.2%) and an increase in the minimum hourly rate to £7.20 (implemented without agreement). UCU rejected the offer but did not declare a trade dispute.

 LOCAL GOVERNMENT

NJC for Local Government Services

  • Most recent pay agreement: No increase for April 2010 or April 2011. The Employers failed to give £250 to the lowest paid.
  • Current position: Unions 2012 claim lodged. It seeks a ‘substantial rise’ on all pay points to recognise financial hardship as a result of high inflation, two years of pay freeze and failure of Employers to give £250 to lowest paid as per Government pay policy.

Chief Executives and Chief Officers

  • Most recent pay agreement: Neither group received any pay increase in April 2010 or April 2011.
  • Current position: The Employers have said that they will not be able to offer any pay increase for April 2011. In response, the Employers refused to make any offer on pay claiming that any offer would cost jobs. They would, however, see if it could be possible for them to take a different position in 2012.

December 2011