JNC rescued from oblivion as workers accept pay settlement


CYPN reports that for now the JNC agreement remains intact, JNC saved after youth workers accept pay settlement.

Earlier this year, local government employers announced they intended to end the dedicated terms and conditions deal for youth workers, known as the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) agreement, which has been in place since 1961.

However, this week staff representatives of the JNC agreement, which consist of Unite, Unison, the National Union of Teachers, and the University and College Union, accepted an offer that will see youth workers on salaries of £17,651 and above receive a rise of one per cent from September 2016, followed by a further one per cent increase in September 2017.

The pay deal will now preserve JNC terms and conditions for youth and community workers until 2018.

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, national officer for community, youth and play workers at Unite, said saving the JNC agreement is a “significant victory” for youth and community workers.

“We believe that termination of the JNC agreement will see the marginalisation of the youth work professional qualification and the consignment of the youth work profession into the history books, so this deal represents a great outcome,” he said.

“We will continue to protect and defend the profession of youth work and the JNC.

Whilst this outcome is to be welcomed it masks a continuing tension across what we might term the youth work profession. A significant number of youth work professionals have long been on pay and conditions other than JNC. Many work in settings, where JNC is not the accepted norm. So too in the shifting economy of youth work many independent initiatives, seeking to draw on social enterprise funding streams, find it impossible to compete and survive without abandoning JNC. How do folk on the ground respond to these dilemmas? What do they make of the present situation?

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