Unions clash with Employers over the Pink Book

Fight For JNC

Inevitably the youth and community work trade unions have responded angrily to the employers’ intention to scrap JNC.

CYPN reports:

Public sector unions say the plans by local government and voluntary sector employers to end the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) agreement for youth and community support workers could see the terms and conditions and professional standing of youth workers undermined.

But employers say recent cuts to the number of workers covered by the JNC pay deal means there is “no case” for continuing with a separate national bargaining arrangement, and that youth workers will be moved to the same terms and conditions as other local government staff.

Read more at Unions slam employers’ plans to scrap youth work pay settlement 

Meanwhile, the National Youth Agency is to hold a meeting to discuss the implications that scrapping of the JNC has on youth worker qualifications and training later this month.

Employers represented on the JNC include the LGA, the Welsh Government Association and the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS). Employees are represented by Unite, Unison, the National Union of Teachers, and the University and College Union. 

In fact this significant meeting is to take place on February 11th, the day before our seminar, ‘What does it mean to be Professional in 2016?’ to be held in Manchester. At least one of our contributors will be involved in this discussion, meaning we will be hearing straight from the horse’s mouth what has transpired.

There are still places left for our seminar on February 12, which promises to be lively and bang up-to-date. Get in touch with Tony at tonymtaylor@gmail.com to grab a seat at the proceedings.

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