JNC saved after youth workers accept pay settlement

Adam Offord
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The system used for setting the pay of local authority youth workers in England and Wales will continue after employers and unions agreed a two-year pay deal.

The Joint Negotiating Committee sets pay and conditions for youth workers. Picture: Arlen Connelly
The Joint Negotiating Committee sets pay and conditions for youth workers. Picture: Arlen Connelly

??Earlier this year, local government employers announced they intended to end the dedicated terms and conditions deal for youth workers, known as the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) agreement, which has been in place since 1961.

However, this week staff representatives of the JNC agreement, which consist of Unite, Unison, the National Union of Teachers, and the University and College Union, accepted an offer that will see youth workers on salaries of £17,651 and above receive a rise of one per cent from September 2016, followed by a further one per cent increase in September 2017.

?The move will also see those on lower salaries receive increases of up to two per cent a year and the lowest grade on the pay scale scrapped.

It comes after members of the unions voted to accept the offer made by local government employer representatives.?

In February, employer representatives, made up of the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Welsh Local Government Association, said they wanted to end the JNC agreement and transfer youth workers to the same terms and conditions as other local authority staff.

?The announcement came just six months before the existing two-year JNC agreement ended on 31 August 2016.?

However, following negotiations with the unions, employers made a new pay offer in June, and employers' JNC secretary Simon Pannell said that no decision on the future of the JNC agreement would be made until the "end of the next qualifications cycle" to allow local government officers to "look at the operation of the framework".?

?The pay deal will now preserve JNC terms and conditions for youth and community workers until 2018.

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, national officer for community, youth and play workers at Unite, said saving the JNC agreement is a "significant victory" for youth and community workers.

"We believe that termination of the JNC agreement will see the marginalisation of the youth work professional qualification and the consignment of the youth work profession into the history books, so this deal represents a great outcome," he said.
 
"We will continue to protect and defend the profession of youth work and the JNC."??

The next full JNC meeting will now take place next year.

The LGA has been contacted for comment.?

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