For all UNISON Members on NJC Pay, Terms & Conditions

2014/15 Pay Claim: Dispute Declared

The employers offered the following pay deal:

  1. 1% Increase on Pay Pont 11 and above.
  2. Between £580 and £175 on points 5 to 10 on a sliding reducing scale.

Our membership rejected this and were asked if they were prepared to take Strike action to try and achieve a better deal.

Our members voted and returned a YES verdict with the following results:

  • Total number of votes cast in the ballot: 85,020
  • Total number answering "Yes" to the above question: 49,836
  • Total number answering "No" to the above question : 35,062

In percentage terms, members taking part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action by 58.7% to 41.3%.

This meant there was a clear majority for strike action so Unison has authorised a one day strike to go ahead on 10 July.

2014/15 Pay Claim: Branch Consultation

The Northumberland County Branch of UNISON has begun consultation with all members on NJC pay rates in regard to the 2014/15 Pay Claim.

You will find the two options as proposed by the UNISON NJC Committee on this website. It also sets out the background analysis.

The Branch have organised a number of workplace visits in order to speak to members about the proposals which you will find listed. We will also be covering other areas throughout the county to drop information off with staff as it is important we consult as widely as possible for next year’s pay claim. If you have a workplace representative within your workplace please do not hesitate in contacting them to discuss.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office on the number above if you require any further information on this issue.

The Living Wage

The living wage is an hourly rate set independently every year. It is calculated according to the cost of living and gives the minimum pay rate required for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life.

  • In London the 2011/2012 Greater London Authority rate is £8.30 per hour.
  • Outside of London the current rate is £7.20.


The Living Wage website:


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