As you already know, this element of the NJC`s wage agreement required local wage negotiations with each employer so that the NJC`s new wage spider, introduced by the 2018-20 comprehensive agreement, could be fully implemented. Phase 1 of the 2019/20 wage agreement, which will come into force on 1 April 2019, provided, if necessary, for a gradual increase, which was implemented in November 2019. This year, the trade union side has been in negotiations for a few months with the management of the continuing education sector on Phase 2, which has resulted in the directorate`s formal final offer for the review of members. A member of the NIPSA wage negotiation team will participate in you and explain the various elements of the proposal. This is a fundamental theme for your salary level from 1 April 2019, so I would like to encourage you to participate in your general assembly and participate in the vote. You will also be aware that the NJC 2020/21 payment agreement has been reached and that the terms and conditions are available on the NIPSA website. I am pleased to announce that TUS has agreed with employers in the continuing education sector that this will be fully implemented as soon as possible, and a joint circular has been finalised to formally launch this process. Approval of the payment order has been granted and Management Side hopes to be able to pay this premium with November salaries. Implementation of Phase 2 of the 2019/20 salary cycle will take a little longer, given the necessary salary negotiation, consultation and approval procedures.
As you know, year 2 of the NJC 2018-2020 wage agreement provides that employers have a choice between two assimilation options that require negotiations and agreements with recognized unions before the annual wage increase is implemented. The NJC is made up of representatives of UNISON and other unions as well as employers. The agreements they conclude at the end of their negotiations are included in the “Green Paper”. UNISON has more than half of the union seats in the NJC and, as a result, the majority union. Management has pledged to pay staff increases with April salaries if the proposal to assimilate pay is adopted by all unions by March 8, 2019. The training body also agreed that each branch would hold consultation meetings next week to review and coordinate the proposal. Details of your industry consultation will be published on the NIPSA website and will also be published by your branch committee representatives. The NJC has more than 1.5 million municipal and school workers, making it a very important bargaining group.