JNC to be retained in Warrington following fightback campaign
MARCH 18, 2019
A landmark agreement has been achieved with Warrington Borough Council that will see youth and community workers retain their specialist terms and conditions.
Warrington Borough Council were proposing to scrap the terms and conditions which are nationally negotiated by the Joint Negotiating Council for Youth and Community Workers (JNC) and move workers onto NJC (Green Book). This would have meant that workers would be paid at much lower pay scales which would have resulted in the average qualified youth worker losing £2,500 a year, losing 7 days annual leave and the professionalism of a youth worker.
The senior officers in the council were intent on removing the JNC and their reasoning was for equity amongst workers in the division. Unite reps fought the battle and through the holding a consultative ballot members refused the employers offer of pay protection for 12 months and 3 years holiday protection. The message was loud and clear that workers wanted to retain JNC terms and conditions. Youth support staff were set to financially gain through the process but even they refused the NJC offer.
After many sensitive negotiations, a rally at the town hall, numerous press statements management finally came to an agreement that youth workers will retain the JNC terms and conditions for the foreseeable future.
This is important news on the eve of a joint lobby outside the offices of the Local Government Association (LGA) in central London on Thursday (3 March) to drive home the importance of protecting youth workers’ pay, terms and conditions in the ‘pink book.’
The lobby comes in the wake of underhand proposals by LGA employers to tear up the JNC agreement -Joint Negotiating Committee for youth and community workers – and replace it with the NJC (National Joint Council for local government services) ‘green book's' terms and conditions for local government workers, without the consent of the staff side unions.
Unite, which represents thousands of youth, community and play worker members, fears that abolishing the ‘pink book’ will undermine the pay, terms and conditions and the professional standing of youth workers, effectively de-skilling youth and community workers.
The staff side unions, including Unite, Unison, NUT and UCU are urging youth workers to come along and make their voices heard.