Camden Trades Council

Uniting workers and communities in the London Borough of Camden

Camden UNISON prepare for a fight on pay

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NJC TRADE UNION SIDE STATEMENT 1% IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND INDUSTRIAL ACTION INEVITABLE

The NJC Trade Union Side met on Wednesday to discuss the failure of the employers to make an offer, the likelihood of any offer being 1% and the link to the National Minimum Wage. Following discussion, the following statement was unanimously agreed:

“This NJC Trade Union Side:

• Deplores the Employers’ failure to make an offer on 14 February 2014 and their statement on 21 February 2014 that a 1% remit was not negotiable.
• Rejects any pegging of NJC pay to the National Minimum Wage
• Reiterates the view expressed by our members last year that 1% for 2014/15 would not be acceptable

In light of the above, the NJC Trade Union Side believes industrial action looks inevitable and we are preparing accordingly. “

START PREPARING FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION NOW

UNISON’s NJC Committee agreed last week to consult members if we had not received an offer by 1 April. Regions have been asked to start data cleansing immediately for a potential industrial action ballot.

CABLE LEAKS LOW PAY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION ON NMW

Vince Cable has revealed the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation is for a 3% increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to a Select Committee.

We have to wait to see whether the government accept the LPC’s recommendation or applies its own increase, but a 3% increase would make the NMW £6.50 an hour.
A 1% increase on the bottom NJC scp 5 would give an hourly rate of £6.51 and £6.60 on scp 6. That would make scp 5 a pitiful 0.2% higher than the NMW and scp 6 just 1.5% higher.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS A PAY RISE DAY – 1 APRIL

We are organising a ‘Local Government Needs a Pay Rise’ day within the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight on 1 April. We have chosen that date because it coincides with the NJC pay anniversary date. More details will follow in the next Campaign bulletin.

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