The Employers’ Side met yesterday and agreed to increase their offer to a

final offer in settlement of our 2009 pay claim as follows:
• Pay
From 1 April 2009 an increase of 1.25% on SCPs 4 to 10 inclusive
From 1 April 2009 an increase of 1.00% on SCPs 11 to 49 inclusive
• Annual Leave
From 1 April 2009, an increase from 20 to 21 days in minimum
annual leave for employees with less than five years’ service.
The National Agreement Part 2 Para 7.2 would therefore be
amended to read as follows, with effect from 1 April 2009:
Annual Leave
The minimum paid annual leave entitlement is twenty one days
with a further four days after five years of continuous service. The
entitlement as expressed applies to five day working patterns. For
alternative working patterns an equivalent leave entitlement should
be calculated.
• Joint Statement on Best Practice in Handling Redundancies
By 1 December 2009, the NJC will produce joint guidance on best
practice in handling redundancies.
• The next steps
There will be a meeting of the UNISON NJC Committee and NJC Trade
Union Side on Monday, 27 July where the final offer and the timetable for
consultation with branches will be considered. A more detailed briefing will
be issued to branches following that meeting.