JNC Employers meet with unions on Monday to put forward pay offer
MARCH 18, 2019
JNC Staff Side unions will meet employers on Monday (9th July) to see if they are ready to #PayUp for youth work.
The joint unions representing thousands of Youth and Community Workers across England and Wales in Local Government and the community, not for profit and voluntary sectors submitted the claim which if accepted, would narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living since 2010.
The two year pay claim from September 2018 seeks to move the lowest paid staff onto the real living wage of £8.75 an hour (£10.20 in London). The unions also want all employees to receive £1000 or a 5% pay increase (whichever is greater) a year in 2018 and 2019.
The claim follows eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, which has seen wages either frozen or held to a one per cent increase for the majority of youth and community workers. They have also see thousands of youth worker jobs being cut, hundreds of youth and play centres closed and funding cuts of more than £400 million since 2010. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in violence that has affected young people all across the country since the start of 2018.
Unite, Unison, NEU and UCU say that it is time to pay up for youth work and value the services children and young people receive.
Unite national officer, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “Youth services have been disproportionately hit under austerity and over the last eight years we have seen thousands losing their jobs, seeing the crucial services they provide to children and young people cut to the bone and seeing their profession crumble through deprofessionalisation and downgrading. Things cannot carry on in this way. Youth and Community workers provide an invaluable service at the heart of their communities on a daily basis and deserve better than the pay cuts that have left them struggling to make ends meet.”
The JESC 205 outlining the current ay scales for 16/17 can be found here.