NJC Pay 2023-24: Local government pay offer short of what’s needed after years of cuts

Preparations for ballot now under way

10th March 2023

UNISON has been campaigning for a decent pay rise for council and school workers. We called for a pay increase of inflation plus 2% – based on the Treasury’s annual forecast for RPI for 2023, this would amount to 12.7%. However, the local government employers have responded with an offer of a flat rate increase of £1,925. In a cost-of-living crisis this simply is not good enough.

So, we’re putting it to you, our members. We are going to ballot members to ask if you wish to take industrial action over pay. Taking action will send a clear message to employers that you need a better pay rise. 

We have a massively important task ahead of us – every single eligible member needs to vote in the upcoming ballot. You will receive your ballot papers in late May, but in the meantime, you can get ready for the ballot, continue our fight for a better pay increase and demand better funding from the Government to pay for it.


It is crucial that your membership information is up to date so that your voice is heard – you can check what details we have for you via MyUNISON

Alternatively, you can contact the branch on 01639 763820