Local pay claims

30 November 2023


Whilst a large number of members working in Local Government, Health, Education and other sectors will be on terms and conditions negotiated at a national level, for thousands of UNISON members, the only path to fair pay is through local collective bargaining with their employer. This includes members working in hundreds of private companies, care homes, multi academy trusts and more.

If you’re a branch officer in a branch with members not included in national bargaining, or an activist in a local pay employer, or who helps negotiate for members of your branch on local pay, this is the course for you.

What will the course help me to do?

  • Engage local members in their pay,
  • Research key information,
  • Identify and utilise bargaining guides,
  • Lodge local pay claims on behalf of local members,
  • Plan a local pay claim negotiation process.

When does the course run?

This course runs on Thursday 30 November and is online. Each day will start at 9.30am and be finished by 4.30pm.

Can I get time off to learn?

Yes, if you are in a recognised workplace the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the 1997 Safety Representative and Safety Committee Regulations give you the right to time off with pay to attend trade union courses. You just have to give your employer reasonable notice.

Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice.

How much is the course?

There is a charge of £10. Your branch will fund this cost and they will be invoiced once you have completed the course.

  • If you’re not sure what branch you’re in, please check UNISON’s branch finder.