NJC Pay 2024: It’s time for better pay

UNISON is asking for all council employees to receive a wage increase of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is the greater

Care workers, refuse collectors, social workers, teaching assistants, community workers, street cleaners and more go above and beyond every single day. Local government staff keep communities safe, clean and accessible, yet there is often little or no recognition for your hard work.

With the cost-of-living skyrocketing to new highs every day, it’s time to rise up and demand decent pay for the work you do.

Despite providing some of the most vital services in our communities, council and school staff have seen 25% wiped from the value of their pay since 2010. Staff are continuing to struggle with the cost-of-living crisis and will find better-paid, less-stressful work elsewhere if their pay continues to lose its value.

As part of the 2024 pay claim, we are asking for all council employees to receive a wage increase of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is the greater. This is the only way to maintain the staff levels necessary to deliver services to the public, looking after the most vulnerable, giving children the education they need and keeping neighbourhoods safe.

Read our full NJC pay claim for 2024-25

Get involved

Here are some ways you can help in the fight for fair pay:

  1. You can find downloadable resources, including leaflets and posters that can be shared in your workplace, in the UNISON shop.

    Visit the UNISON shop

  2. Encourage colleagues to join UNISON – if someone in your workplace isn’t yet a member, get them to sign up so they ca get involved in the fight for fair pay. They can join online and it only takes five minutes.

    Join UNISON

  3. Share our branded graphics and videos on your channels – make sure to use the hashtag #BetterPay2024 – you can access them via our online resource library.

    Download digital graphics