NIPSA is acutely aware of the many painful pressures that are currently squeezing your household incomes from all directions on a daily basis. You will have seen, and I hope completed, the cost of living survey which we devised and shared with all NIPSA members across the Further Education and other NJC related sectors to seek your experiences of the cost of living crisis and give you the opportunity to shape our joint Campaigns with our Sister trade unions going forward and inform the detail of our negotiations with your Employer.

The Survey, which closes on 3 June 2022, is accessible online at this address (link is also available on this website).

On 27 May 2022, NIPSA led the Joint Trade Union Side (JTUS), comprised of NIPSA, Unison and Unite trade unions, in lodging a local claim with Management Side of the FE Sector with the objective of improving your living standards, to compliment and in parallel with the National Joint Council (NJC) Trade Union Side Annual Pay Claim for 2022, which will be submitted shortly. Subsequent to this meeting, I wrote on behalf of the 3 unions to lodge a local pay claim, elements of which include:

- All grades to move up 2 spinal column points
- A reduction in the working week to 35 hours with no salary decrease
- Covid 19 Recognition payment of £1,000 nett (£500 per year for 2020 & 2021)
- 2 days’ additional leave
- Improvements to mileage rates
- A commitment to maintain pay above the Real Living Wage going forward, which currently stands at £9.90 per hour

The JTUS has called for urgent meaningful engagement with the Management Side of the 6 Colleges on the above elements with a view to implementation across the Further Education Sector. Updates on this Campaign will be provided as developments occur.

Kim Graham
Assistant Secretary