PAY OFFER FROM MTC NOVO
On the 5th March, the recognised trade unions received confirmation of a final pay offer from MTC Novo management, after a period of negotiations. We are now consulting with members about the offer and ask you to indicate your acceptance or rejection of the offer via the attached link, by no later than noon on 29th March 2018.
The offer covers both 2017-18 and 2018-19. Therefore, it is a two-year offer, even though the bulk of the 2017-18 element would be made as back pay, as soon as the offer was accepted and processed.
The key elements of the offer are as set out in the letter from MTC Novo management (see attached). This involves:
- A 1.5% non-consolidated pensionable payment for staff at the pay maxima for each of 2017-18 and 2018-19. The 2017-18 award would be made as a back dated one off lump sum payment.
- An additional non-consolidated pensionable payment of 0.5% for staff below the pay maxima in addition to their contractual incremental step in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. The 2017-18 element will again be paid in full as a one off lump sum payment.
After consultation with local elected representatives in the CRCs, informed by input from Napo’s National Officers and Officials, we are recommending that members accept the offer, as the best that can be achieved at this time by negotiation.
The offer is made at the same time as the NPS have confirmed they will not be making any pay award in 2017-18 for staff – except for meeting the contractual increment for those below their pay maxima. Therefore, although the MTC Novo offer is below the current rate of inflation, it is still better than any offer being presented by the NPS.
Given the well-rehearsed and increasingly evident financial constraints on the CRC contracts, this is both surprising and welcomed. In negotiations MTC Novo also stressed that they’d have liked to do more. Napo believe that the continuing constraints, and continued uncertainty around the outcome of national pay reform negotiations with the NPS, means they would not be able to go further at this time.
The unions had reservations about accepting any two-year offer when we were engaged in negotiations around significant pay reform with the NPS, which we believe would directly impact on MTC Novo staff and the MTC Novo contract. In Napo’s claim, we put forward that if the NPS increased pay rates then all of the CRC owners would require additional funding and support to ensure they remained competitive and able to retain staff.
However, these national NPS pay reform negotiations have stalled, following a breakdown in trust between the Treasury and the MoJ, relating to MoJ performance and the failure to get their accounts signed off. The unions are now pursuing a resolution to this crisis directly with Ministers. Even as we remain positive that the urgent need for this pay reform will be recognised in central Government, the delays mean that in reality, any movement on NPS pay reform will not take place until well into the 2018-19 financial year. Consequently, Napo believe that application of any pay reform in MTC Novo is then unlikely until 2019-20. Accordingly, we have decided that we can safely recommend the two-year deal and bank what money, however limited, MTC Novo can offer members now.
HOW TO VOTE
Alongside this update, you will have received a link to a Napo survey. Click on this link and you will be taken to a page where you will be asked if you accept the MTC Novo pay offer or not. This system ensures each member will only be able to vote once.
Please indicate your view by no later than noon on the 29th March 2018. PLEASE SHARE THIS NOTE WITH COLLEAGUES WHO MAY NOT BE MEMBERS OF NAPO. ALTHOUGH ONLY NAPO MEMBERS CAN VOTE THOSE WHO JOIN NOW AND RECEIVE A LINK.
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SARA MASON (Thames Valley Branch Chair)
DAVID RAHO (London Branch Co-chair)
DEAN ROGERS (Assistant General Secretary)