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The UNISON Office has now relocated to Suffolk County Council headquarters in Endeavour House Ipswich, on Russell Road. We are open for business to members. If you need to drop by please come to reception in Endeavour House and ask for the UNISON office, we look forward to seeing you.



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 The Trade Union Side of the NJC Executive met this morning to receive feedback from each union’s consultation on the 2024 pay claim, and agree the headline claims.

 UNISON’s reps put forward our three proposed headline claims:

  •  An increase of £3,000 or 10% whichever is greater
  • Commitment to reach a £15 hour minimum within two years
  • Review of gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps – and joint work depending on the outcome of the reviews

 These three headlines were all agreed by the other unions, with a slight wording change to the £15 an hour point (see below).

 The other unions also put forward proposals on annual leave, working hours and term time working.

 The meeting agreed a headline claim of an increase of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is the greater, along with claims for:

  • A clear plan to reach a minimum pay rate of £15 an hour in a maximum of two years, sooner if possible
  • An additional day of annual leave for all staff regardless of their current entitlement (with term time only staff able to take this day during term time)
  • A two hour reduction in the working week with no detriment
  • Review of gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps

 It was also agreed that we should reiterate our existing call for 52 week contracts and pay for all term time only staff who want them.

 It was further agreed that the unions should push the employers to work jointly with us to campaign for more funding from central government for local government pay.

 Given that we obtained agreement for all of UNISON’s proposed claims, your reps felt able to agree to the other elements proposed by GMB and Unite.

 Next steps

 Work has continued putting the main body of the claim together, and this should be finalised imminently. It was signed off by your Exec reps at the end of last week. Once some final changes coming out of today’s meeting have been made, the claim will be circulated to the NJC Committee for sign-off. Please note that at this point, we will be asking you to have a quick check (with a tight deadline) for any glaring errors or issues, as the headlines and claim have been signed off at NJC Executive level. Apologies in advance for the tight deadline, but I know the Committee’s priority is to get the claim in by the end of February.

 In Solidarity

 Neil Bland

Branch Secretary




I am very excited to join the branch as a BSOF Local Education Organiser. The team here is incredibly knowledgeable, motivated and I am looking forward to collaborating with them. I come from a family of educators, so I know how vital our members' jobs are in preparing the next generation. Enabling them to focus on their job to the best of their ability by having their back is incredibly important to me.

Looking forward to meeting you

Liam Hall



The signing today off the Anti- Racism Charter by Suffolk County Council and UNISON



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UNISON is campaigning to end the outsourcing of cleaning and security staff at the University of Suffolk.

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