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Latest update for members in chief officer roles across local government

Latest Pay Update

Date: 09/02/2022

CHIEF OFFICERS’ PAY AGREEMENT 2021-22

Agreement has now been reached on the pay award applicable from 1 April 2021.

The individual basic salaries1 of all officers within scope of the JNC for Chief Officers of Local Authorities should be increased by 1.50 per cent with effect from 1 April 2021 (NB: the percentage increases apply to individual salaries as well as pay points, if applicable). Employers are encouraged to implement this pay award as swiftly as possible.

This pay agreement covers the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Backpay for employees who have left employment since 1 April 2021

If requested by an ex-employee to do so, we recommend that employers should pay any monies due to that employee from 1 April 2021 to the employee’s last day of employment.

When salary arrears are paid to ex-employees who were in the LGPS, the employer must inform its local LGPS fund. Employers will need to amend the CARE and final pay figures (if the ex-employee has pre-April 2014 LGPS membership) accordingly. Further detail is provided in section 15 of the HR guide which is available on the employer resources section of lgpsregs.org

 

Past Bulletins

Date: 22/09/2021

GMB recently met with the JNC to discuss the two tier pay offer tabled to Chief Officers. We made it clear that whilst we are recommending a rejection of the NJC Green Book offer to our members we expect parity for Chief Officers negotiating group.

BACKGROUND

GMB submitted a pay claim setting out the case for a pay increase for all chief officers this year and expected parity across the sector.

PAY OFFER

The National Employers made the following, final one-year offer:

With effect from 1 April 2021, an increase of 1.5% on basic salary.

GMB POSITION

We swiftly set out our disappointment on the level of the offer. NJC staff were offered 1.75%. We made it clear that we were not able to accept the offer and asked for an urgent meeting to discuss why Chief Officers pay offer fell short of what was made to the sector. In our meeting with the JNC we made the case that:

  1. Chief Officers shouldn’t be treated differently to staff they work along side with in the sector.
  2. The JNC should conduct and Equality Impact Assessment.
  3. All staff across Local Government had made a tremendous contribution throughout the pandemic.
  4. The 1.5% offer is revised to at least mirror the NJC Offer.

Whilst we will be recommending a rejection of 1.75% to all members, there is a precedent historically for parity between the offers made to local government staff and chief officers.

JNC RESPONSE

The JNC have said that full consideration will be given to the above and a response will follow in early October 2021.

NEXT STEPS

Depending on how the JNC respond in October a full GMB members ballot will follow.

Please ensure all your details are up to date at gmb.org.uk/mygmb.

 


Date: 11/01/2021

LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHIEF OFFICERS  SURVEY HEADLINE RESULTS

The NJC pay survey closed in November 2020. The headline results are as follows:

 

75% of respondents would be willing to accept a 3% pay increase to at least maintain standard of living. The mean settlement across all responses was 3.25%

All respondents think GMB should continue to campaign for minimum £10.00 starting rate.

66% of respondents do work regular unpaid overtime.

 

NEXT STEPS

GMB are meeting with NJC Unions to agree the full staff side pay claim. GMB NJC meetings have already taken place with the majority view that we move to a pay claim that asks for a substantial pay increase but that this pay round we include a condition’s claim as there are several areas NJC unions want to discuss with the employer in the next pay round.

 

TIMELINE (subject to change please visit this page regularly as it will be updated)

JANUARY 2021

  • AGREE PAY CLAIM WITH NJC UNIONS
  • MEET WITH BOTH THE GMB LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOLS COMMITTEES
  • ISSUE AN ALL-MEMBERS COMMS ONCE PAY CLAIM IS AGREED
  • TALKS WITH LGA EMPLOYERS TO COMMENCE ON PAY AND NEGOTIATIONS TO START ON THE PAY CLAIM

FEBRUARY 2021

  • ASK MEMBERS TO CONTACT THEIR COUNCILLORS/GENERIC MOTION SEEKING SUPPORT FOR PAY CLAIM
  • ALL MEMBERS MEETING (DIGITAL AND IN PERSON)
  • ON-GOING TALKS WITH LGA EMPLOYERS

MARCH 2021

  • ONCE FINAL OFFER RECEIVED ENSURE ALL MEMEMBERS HAVE THEIR SAY ON PAY IN A CONSULTATIVE BALLOT.
APRIL 2021+
  • THE BALLOT WILL RUN DIGITALLY, AS WE ARE STILL LIKELY TO HAVE RESTRICTED ACCESS TO WORKPLACES, UPDATES TO FOLLOW THE RESULT!

 


Date: 26/08/2020

GMB members whose pay is linked to the JNC for Chief Officers for Local Authorities in England and Wales have now had the opportunity to respond to the GMB consultation ballot, following the offer made by the National Employers.

The outcome of the ballot was that GMB members have accepted the offer.

This offer applies only to those members whose pay is determined by the above agreement, and does not apply to members whose pay is determined by NJC ‘Green Book’ or Craft Workers ‘Red Book’ arrangements.

Background

GMB expressed dismay at the opening offer of 2% tabled by your employer earlier this year, and rejected it. The employer then considered the rejection and tabled a revised offer, as detailed below.

Headlines for the offer are as follows:

  • With effect from 1 April 2020, an increase of 2.75 per cent on basic salary
  • The National Employers also propose that the Joint Secretaries should enter into exploratory discussions, without prejudice, on the non-pay elements of your claim that seek “a joint survey of all local authorities to establish the extent of the gender pay gap among Chief Officers across local authorities, and a commitment to a joint approach to removing the gender pay gap”
  • “a commitment to agree a new package to improve Chief Officers’ work-life balance”

Following a full consultative ballot GMB members voted to accept the offer.  Members of Unison also voted to accept the offer. GMB have now written to the employer on behalf of the trade union side formally accepting the offer.

Next steps

Employers will now begin making arrangements to pay the salary increase, which will be backdated to April 1st. GMB will begin discussions with the employer on the non-pay elements of the offer.

Full details of the offer can be found here.

 
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