Vote for better pay for schools and council workers

Vote now in our consultation on NJC Local Government pay

Despite your courage and sacrifice throughout COVID-19, council and school workers have been offered 1.75%. With inflation at 3.8%, that’s a real terms pay cut. UNISON has launched a consultation and strongly recommends members vote to reject such an unfair offer.

Care workers, refuse collectors, social workers, teaching assistants, street cleaners and so many more have gone above and beyond during the pandemic. You kept communities safe, cared for the most vulnerable, and ensured schools remained open throughout successive lockdowns.

You went out to work, so that others could stay home.

Despite this, you have been offered 1.75%. With inflation running at 3.8%, this is a real terms pay cut.

We have launched a consultation to ask members to vote whether to accept or reject the final pay offer. We strongly recommend members vote to reject this unfair offer.

UNISON is clear – council and school workers deserve a fair and proper pay rise.

Why should you vote reject?

The pay offer falls far below what council and school workers need and deserve.

Local government workers are mostly women, and are amongst the lowest paid in the country. Council and school workers have endured years of pay freezes – 25% has been wiped from the value of pay since 2010.

The final offer would provide:

  • A 1.75% pay increase (2.75% to those on the lowest pay point)
  • Completion of work on term time only arrangements
  • Discussions on homeworking and mental health joint guidance
  • Commitment to incorporate statutory provisions on neo-natal leave and pay

UNISON members have shown how indispensable you are throughout COVID-19, often putting your own health and safety at risk to continue to provide services.

Our consultation – vote now!

UNISON South East has launched our regional consultation for all  members on NJC Pay terms and conditions.

Only eligible members can vote in the consultation – you should have received an email with instructions on how to take part.

Vote in the consultation

You will need your membership number and date of birth in order to vote.

If you have any problems voting, please email