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Employers attack on JNC!

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Local Government Association (LGA) employers’ side has issued an open attacking on the Youth and Community workers profession with their intention to assimilate JNC Pink book pay, terms and conditions into  the NJC Green book in a letter to local authorities on 8 December 2015.

Unite the Union has responded:

Before Christmas we sent a briefing to Unite members who are councillors in local authorities across England and Wales to support maintenance of the JNC Pink Book negotiating framework, pay, terms and condition which maintains a link to the professional qualification, occupational standards and quality outcomes for children and young people.

Earlier this month this briefing was sent to member of the Education & Training Standards (ETS) Committee hosted by the National Youth Agency (NYA).  The ETS accredits and approves Youth and Community workers qualifications and maintains standards.  The ETS agreed at their meeting of 12 January 2016, they would actively support maintenance of the JNC Pink Book  because of the link to professional qualifications and they would write to the LGA to  express their concerns regarding the employer’s side letter of 8 December.

On Monday 18 January at an emergency staff side meeting of the JNC, the staff side agreed to the following actions to defend the JNC.

To send a joint Letter from Staff side to Lead Councillors for Youth and Children services and Council Leaders, JNC employers, Candidates for Labour LGA Leadership,

To request General Secretaries of staff side unions to support the campaign and make appropriate interventions.

To send a letter from Staff side to TAG and Youth work course leaders

To request the Wales ETS will write to support the JNC Pink Book

To organise a Lobby of the LGA Executive in London Thursday 3 March from 1245

We urge all members to:

Write to their Councillors to ask them to support the retention of the JNC Pink Book.

Raise awareness of this in your workplace, your union branch, within family and among your community

Attend the Lobby of the LGA Executive on Thursday 3 March in London.

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