The National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services is a key body responsible for determining pay and conditions for local government employees in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The NJC was established back in 1948 and has since been responsible for creating agreements on pay, terms, and conditions for over 1.4 million local government workers. These agreements help ensure fair and consistent pay structures across the country and provide guidelines for employers and employees alike.

One of the most significant agreements produced by the NJC is the National Agreement on Pay and Conditions for Local Government Services. This agreement sets out the terms and conditions for local government workers, including pay grades, working hours, and annual leave entitlements.

The current agreement, which was signed in 2018, covers the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020. The agreement outlines a two-year pay rise, with a 2% increase in pay for most workers in each year of the agreement.

In addition to the pay rise, the agreement also spells out improved terms and conditions for workers. This includes an increase in the minimum hourly rate for council workers to £9 per hour, along with an agreement to eliminate zero-hours contracts for council employees.

The NJC places a high priority on maintaining good employment practices across the sector and ensuring that local government workers are treated fairly. To this end, the NJC has also developed guidance on a range of employment issues, including discriminatory behavior, health and safety, and grievance and disciplinary procedures.

In summary, the NJC plays a critical role in setting standards for local government workers` pay and conditions. The National Agreement on Pay and Conditions for Local Government Services is an essential document that ensures workers are treated fairly and consistently across the country. With the NJC`s continued input, local government workers can look forward to a secure future with fair and consistent employment practices.