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GMB agree Local Government Pay Deal

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PAY DEAL AGREED FOR GMB MEMBERS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOLS

1.3 million council workers and school staff have taken the pragmatic decision to accept a two-year deal worth 2.4% on the pay bill

GMB members in local government, schools and most academies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as members from the other two local government unions have agreed the pay offer put forward by the Local Government Association.

Over 2 years the deal is worth 2.4% on the pay bill - a 1% increase for most people in 2016 and again in 2017 and between 2.3% and 10.3% for the lower paid (those on spinal point 17 and below). GMB members currently earning £13,614 will see this figure rise to £14,514 from 1 April 2016 and to £15,014 from 1 April 2017. The proposals cover the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer said, "GMB is delighted that the pay round for the 1.3 million staff working for local government, schools and most academies covered by the NJC is finally resolved. In March, GMB members voted by 9 to 1 in favour of accepting the 2-year offer and will be looking forward to getting the increases paid."

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Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to editors

1 Letter to Local Government Chief Executive including headline pay increases

16 May 2016

Dear Chief Executive,


2016 and 2017 PAYSCALES & ALLOWANCES




The rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2016 and 1 April 2017 are attached at Annex 1.

The new rates for allowances up-rated in line with the headline pay increase of one per cent in each year are set out at Annex 2.

Agreement has been reached with the NJC Trade Union Side on these rates, (with UNISON and GMB voting to accept).

Joint Reviews of Term-Time Working and the National Pay Spine:
The NJC will shortly agree and publish Terms of Reference and timetables for these reviews.


Yours sincerely

Sarah Messenger
Justin Bowden
Fiona Farmer
Heather Wakefield

Joint Secretaries

ANNEX 1

 

                 

111

01-Apr-16

01-Apr-17

per annum

per hour*

per annum

per hour*

6

£14,514

£7.52

£15,014

£7.78

7

£14,615

£7.58

£15,115

£7.83

8

£14,771

£7.66

£15,246

£7.90

9

£14,975

£7.76

£15,375

£7.97

10

£15,238

£7.90

£15,613

£8.09

11

£15,507

£8.04

£15,807

£8.19

12

£15,823

£8.20

£16,123

£8.36

13

£16,191

£8.39

£16,491

£8.55

14

£16,481

£8.54

£16,781

£8.70

15

£16,772

£8.69

£17,072

£8.85

16

£17,169

£8.90

£17,419

£9.03

17

£17,547

£9.10

£17,772

£9.21

18

£17,891

£9.27

£18,070

£9.37

19

£18,560

£9.62

£18,746

£9.72

20

£19,238

£9.97

£19,430

£10.07

21

£19,939

£10.34

£20,138

£10.44

22

£20,456

£10.60

£20,661

£10.71

23

£21,057

£10.91

£21,268

£11.02

24

£21,745

£11.27

£21,962

£11.38

25

£22,434

£11.63

£22,658

£11.74

26

£23,166

£12.01

£23,398

£12.13

27

£23,935

£12.41

£24,174

£12.53

28

£24,717

£12.81

£24,964

£12.94

29

£25,694

£13.32

£25,951

£13.45

30

£26,556

£13.76

£26,822

£13.90

31

£27,394

£14.20

£27,668

£14.34

32

£28,203

£14.62

£28,485

£14.76

33

£29,033

£15.05

£29,323

£15.20

34

£29,854

£15.47

£30,153

£15.63

35

£30,480

£15.80

£30,785

£15.96

36

£31,288

£16.22

£31,601

£16.38

37

£32,164

£16.67

£32,486

£16.84

38

£33,106

£17.16

£33,437

£17.33

39

£34,196

£17.72

£34,538

£17.90

40

£35,093

£18.19

£35,444

£18.37

41

£36,019

£18.67

£36,379

£18.86

42

£36,937

£19.15

£37,306

£19.34

43

£37,858

£19.62

£38,237

£19.82

44

£38,789

£20.11

£39,177

£20.31

45

£39,660

£20.56

£40,057

£20.76

46

£40,619

£21.05

£41,025

£21.26

47

£41,551

£21.54

£41,967

£21.75

48

£42,474

£22.02

£42,899

£22.24

49

£43,387

£22.49

£43,821

£22.71



*hourly rate calculated by dividing annual salary by 52.143 weeks (which is 365 days divided by 7) and then divided by 37 hours (the standard working week in the National Agreement ‘Green Book’)

ANNEX 2



Part 3 Paragraph 2.6(e) Sleeping-in Duty Payment:

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£34.34

£34.68



RATES OF PROTECTED ALLOWANCES AT 1 APRIL 2016 and 1 APRIL 2017
(FORMER APT&C AGREEMENT (PURPLE BOOK))

Paragraph 28(3) Nursery Staffs in Educational Establishments - Special Educational Needs Allowance

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£1,227

£1,239



Paragraph 28(14) Laboratory / Workshop Technicians

City and Guilds Science Laboratory Technician’s Certificate Allowance:

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£199

£201


City and Guilds Laboratory Technician’s Advanced Certificate Allowance:

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£145

£146


Paragraph 32 London Weighting and Fringe Area Allowances £ Per Annum

Inner Fringe Area:

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£832

£840


Outer Fringe Area:

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£579

£585


Paragraph 35 Standby Duty Allowance - Social Workers (1)(a)(i) Allowance - Per Session

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£27.62

£27.90


FORMER MANUAL WORKER AGREEMENT (WHITE BOOK)

Section 1 Paragraph 3 London and Fringe Area Allowances £ Per Annum

Inner Fringe Area:

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£832

£840



Outer Fringe Area:

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

£579

£585



2 GMB press release dated Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GMB Welcome Living Wage At Northumberland Council As Nationally Employers Look To New Two Year Deal To Introduce National Living Wage In Local Government

£9 per hour national living wage will impact on pay talks on the national agreement for April 2016 for 1.5 million workers in local councils and schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland says GMB.

GMB, the union for public sector workers welcomed the introduction in Northumberland of a living wage of £7.85 per hour will result in pay increases for approximately 1,400 county council and school staff. Staff below this figure will now receive an increase of between 41p and 79p an hour. The figure will be reviewed on an annual basis by the council.

The Living Wage Foundation figures of £7.85 per hour and £9.20 per hour in London for a living wage are due to be reviewed in November 2015.

In the July 2015 budget the Chancellor announced the introduction of a new compulsory National Living Wage for working people aged 25 and over, starting in April 2016 at £7.20 an hour and reaching £9 an hour by 2020. It was also announced that the Low Pay Commission to recommend future rises in National Living Wage to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020.

Kevin Young, GMB Regional Officer, said "A working group was set up by the council two years ago to plan the introduction of a living wage to county council employees.

GMB welcome the council being true to the commitment set out during budget announcements earlier in the year. Now, no employee of Northumberland County Council will be paid less than £7.85 per hour."

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer for local government workers, added "We have started to get feedback from the employers about the 2016 pay round for the national agreement covering 1.5 million workers in local government and schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This follows the claim submitted by the trade unions earlier this year and a series of consultations that the national employers have held with councils around the country.

Although at this stage there is no formal offer or response to our claim it is worth explaining the challenges ahead and some of the early thinking around them.

From the employers point of view they expect their budgets to continue to be extremely challenging under this government while demands on services are ever greater.

However the most pressing issue is the government's new so-called National Living Wage which from next April will be £7.20 and will rise quickly each year after that to £9. This will impact on pay talks for the national agreement as the effect of this will be significant pay increases for the lowest paid and at the same time the severe erosion of differentials with those currently paid more.

Councils are saying this will need a renegotiation of the entire pay structure. It is their view that to do this we need to have a two year pay deal 2016-18 to allow time for that renegotiation.

Logically this may make sense from their point of view and it is certainly true that the trade unions have previously called for reform of the national pay structure. However what the employers want and what is in GMB members interests may be different things. There are some hard headed negotiations to come."
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