The Public Officers’ Group Executive Committee met last week and agreed that branch consultation meetings should be arranged to highlight the inadequacies of the pay offer and to provide members with the opportunity to have their say about it.
The branch consultation is important in order to put the pay offer into perspective given the many years of below inflation rises, pay freezes and more recently the imposition of the 1% pay cap. The offer falls short of the pay claim submitted by the NJC trade unions and while at first glance may appear attractive to those at the lower pay ranges, it does nothing more than progress towards the National Living Wage, as required in any event, by 2020. For those at SCP20 and above the offer equates to around 2% in each respective year. This does not even keep pace with the rate of inflation (Retail Price Index) which during 2017 averaged around 3.6%. In reality the pay offer fails to deliver the level of increases necessary to off-set the years of pay suppression, even in part, that members have faced.
Branches covered by the NJC pay offer are being encouraged to arrange meetings over the next few weeks. You are also encouraged to seek a guest speaker on behalf of the Public Officers’ Group Executive Committee, who will be able to inform the discussion and take receipt of the views from members. All NJC trade unions will be consulting with their members and information in relation to those consultations, where available, will be provided.
Deputy General Secretary