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Update for Derby City School members

Welcome to the new term we hope you have all enjoyed a pleasant Easter Break and settled back into the school term.

UNISON would like to update you on a number of matters relating to school support staff as follows

Mainstream schools who received temporary additional hours as a result of the EPR.
Following discussions with DCC and with the support of the acting Chief executive, schools  have been  contacted asking them to make all hours permanent wherever possible. We are delighted at the response and can confirm that the vast majority of schools employing school support staff are now on permanent contracts, which include the additional hours that were put forward as ‘mitigation’ against the losses experienced . Where this has not been possible, all schools have confirmed the continuation of the temporary hours and both UNISON and DCC are committed to following up these schools during the summer term to ask them once again to review their position.

Several schools have reported that additional hours have been reduced by mutual agreement as staffs are now experiencing lower losses as they enjoy the benefit of increments and pay increases.

Special needs schools.

Members in special needs schools have been consulted on an individual school basis and have agreed (with the exception of one school who will be consulted next week)  that the offers put forward in their individual school have resulted in increases in pay and /or opportunities to apply for higher level positions and that these measures are sufficient to avoid further action.

Pay award update

UNISON accepted the NJC pay offer and our colleagues in Derby City Council payroll have confirmed that the pay award and the annual progression increments will be reflected in your April pay. (Please note that if your payroll is handled by an external provider this may not be the case but it should be backdated when it is applied)

Annual leave accrued during periods of sickness and maternity absence.

Derby City Council has issued guidance to all schools on this subject. If you have had periods of sickness absence which spans the school holidays you be due reinstatement of leave at another time. Speak to your rep or contact the branch if you think this may affect you

Workplace meetings

If you would like a schools representative to visit your school to update you on UNISON training opportunities, equal pay claims, the 2018 pay award or any matter relating to your employment please contact the branch office and we would be pleased to arrange a suitable appointment .


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The UNISON NJC Committee met on 6 April 2018 to consider branch feedback on its recommendation that UNISON should accept the NJC pay offer for 2018-20.

The previous membership consultation resulted in a very narrow overall vote to reject the offer but members in 8 out of 11 Regions had voted to accept it. The NJC Committee therefore sought further feedback from those branches who had responded to the membership consultation on its recommendation to accept.

79% of branches and 10 out of 11 Regions have now voted to accept the pay offer. This feedback was confirmed in a formal acceptance vote by the NJC Committee. We will now notify GMB, Unite and the Local Government Association.

The NJC Joint Secretaries will be meeting on 12 April to consider the Trade Union Side position. GMB has voted to accept the pay offer but Unite has rejected it.

The NJC Committee also agreed an implementation strategy for dealing with the assimilation to the new NJC pay spine, any attempts by employers to undermine or not implement the award, cut conditions or jobs to pay for it or walk away from the NJC. Details of the strategy will be circulated to branches shortly.

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Pension Advice Sessions – Monday 16 April 2018

We are holding three pension advice sessions at Derby Homes, London Road Depot. You will be able to find out the options available to you if you are considering retiring, and how to make the most of your pension that will benefit your own circumstances. We are providing these sessions in conjunction with Derby County Council and The Prudential. 

These sessions will be held at 




in the Large Training Room

For more information please contact Julie Walker below…
Contact us: Telephone:  01332 643216 / 643217      Email:
UNISON Derby City Branch, Royal Oak House, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AR
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