Over the next few days members of North Somerset UNISON working in Local Government will be receiving consultative ballot papers asking them to reject the pay offer which is as follows:
• £580 on pay point 5
• £550 on pay point 6
• £400 on pay point 7
• £275 on pay point 8
• £200 on pay point 9
• £175 on pay point 10
• 1% on pay points 11 and above
UNISON is clear the Employers' below-inflation final pay offer falls woefully below the aspirations in our 2014-15 pay claim and what our members deserve. It does nothing to begin restoring the 20% real loss in NJC pay value since 2010 and the effect falling pay has on members’ future pensions. It means yet another year with a further pay cut for the vast majority of our members. It leaves half a million NJC members below the Living Wage and the lowest paid 50,000 just 30p above the National Minimum Wage.
UNISON strongly recommends this meagre final offer is REJECTED and that we move to an official industrial action ballot in support of the claim on behalf of those employed on NJC terms.
Please make sure you fill out your ballot paper and give your view on this year's pay offer, which due to inflation being close to 2%, is in fact a pay cut.