Local government unions agree to accept pay offer for 2023

UNISON and the other local government unions, GMB and Unite, yesterday (1st November) decided to accept the employers’ pay offer for 2023, for council and school workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It means an increase of £1,925 on all NJC (National Joint Council) pay points, pro rata’d for part-time and term time only staff. This will be backdated to 1 April 2023.

Following the results of its ballots in the summer, UNISON’s NJC committee made the decision not to pursue industrial action.

In their joint statement, the unions thanked members for their patience while they worked to resolve the dispute.

UNISON’s head of local government Mike Short said today: “The local government unions have agreed a pay increase of £1,925 for council and school workers for 2023. Our first priority is to get this money into members’ pay packets as soon as possible.

“But pay in local government remains a major concern for UNISON, and we’re planning a strong, positive campaign for a fair pay rise in 2024.”

Members with questions about the pay offer can contact their branch directly, or check the FAQs at the bottom of the NJC pay page.