Emergency Conference Motion
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2001
Emergency Conference Motion
The following emergency motion was passed unanimously after a number of speakers outlined the decline in youtha nd community workers living standards. “Don’t pass this motion unless you are prepared to argue everywhere that members should only work their contracted hours and should support negotiators if necessary with action this year” said Chair of Salaries and Tenure Larry McCready. Conference agreed and a unanimous vote reflected the strength of feeling in the membership and the willingness to act this year.
(Sally this obviously needs to go near the pay articles in a double page spread.)
Proposed by The National Executive Committee.JNC Pay Claim
1 Conference congratulates the Scottish Parliament in appreciating that education can only be valued if staff within it are properly paid and their subsequent award of 20% pay increases to teachers.
2 Conference recognises that public spending remains at a low level within Britain and yet despite this the government has not spent the amount set in the pre 1997 Tory government budgets.
3 Conference further recognises that despite the relatively low public spending levels billions of pounds of new money has been allocated for local authority and other related education services and that many local authorities are unable to spend the amounts of money allocated.
4 Conference acknowledges with concern the amounts of money in various reserve funds at local levels including schools and the huge investment in new and untried services such as Connexions.
5 Conference is concerned that local authorities are universally underspending on their Youth Services and that the government is unprepared to make special investment and ring fence new money for the Youth Service.
6 Conference recognises that there is ample funding capacity within local government and national government to more than double the entire spending on the Youth Service.
7 Conference totally rejects the starting point of JNC employers this and every other year that they cannot afford a substantial increase for JNC paid staff.
8 Conference further welcomes the government’s concern to see the JNC Committee play a full role with the National Youth Agency, PAULO and Training Agencies’ Group in improving initial and in service training and addressing the problems of professional preparation amongst part time workers.
9 Conference believes that the JNC has a central role to play in the development of high quality youth work and delivering the new government agenda and supporting local authorities. Conference further notes the increased use of JNC terms and conditions by a range of employers from the Royal Air Force Community Service, to new local authorities to Connexions’ Services and voluntary organisations.
10 Conference supports the government’s hope that local authorities will not use new Connexions funding to cut local Youth Services.
11 Conference notes that 18 year old police trainees earn more than most experienced youth workers, and start at around 23,000.
12 Conference notes with great concern the decline of JNC pay rates relative to traditional educational comparitors over the last twenty five years.
13 Conference notes the increases in Soulbury and teachers terms and conditions.
14 Conference is concerned that JNC pay rates have fallen considerably as the demands on youth and community and youth workers have increased and the levels of qualifications have been raised.
15 Conference notes with concern the high recruitment and retention rate in many employing organisations and the difficulties of recruiting staff to demanding face to face jobs which for many part time workers in many areas of the country are paid on rates lower than cleaning and ancilliary staff. Conference notes the number of Principal Youth and Community Officers approaching the Union with great concern about the retention difficulties and the need to improve JNC rates of pay.
16 Conference calls for an immediate reduction of the differential calculation for part time workers’ pay rates as a pre requisite for raising in negotiations this year the JNC pay levels.
17 Conference calls on every member of the Union to prioritise union work to increase pay under JNC and to recognise the need to show solidarity with each other through CYWU.
18 Conference therefore calls on the membership to support a strategy of lobbying, campaigning and action, up to and including industrial action in all parts of the country in order to press for an immediate and significant increase in pay rates.
19 Conference calls on the NEC to meet with voluntary sector and local authority leaders to support this pay campaign and recognise that an increase in pay for JNC workers, and the full application of JNC in the voluntary sector is an essential part of the development of quality youth and community work provision.
20 Conference calls on the minority Unions on the JNC, UNISON, NATFHE and NUT to fully support this strategic pay claim this year.
21 Conference therefore calls on the Staff Side of JNC to launch a united national campaign for improved pay under JNC.
22 Conference calls on the S&T to be prepared to use its majority vote if needed at the JNC Staff Side to reject offers that do not meet the aspiration of CYWU for restored professional value and levels of pay.
23 Conference calls on Branches to discuss the pay claim as a central priority at forthcoming meetings and to inform all members and potential members of the negotiations and to undertake such local activity as shall be directed by the NEC in pursuit of a successful national campaign.
24 Conference further calls on all Branches to contact all local councillors and voluntary sector organisations with information concerning CYWU’s Campaign.
25 Conference calls on the NEC to prioritise JNC negotiating reports at each meeting and to inform Branch Officers and the membership of progress.Sunday continued
26 Conference further calls on the NEC to make necessary contingency plans for convening special national and regional conferences of the union and to support Branches in industrial action ballots and tactics where required.
27 onference calls on members to impose an immediate work to contract in relation to hours of work recognising that all hours when required to be available for work count towards the working week. This means that no full time staff should work more than 36 hours a week in London and 37 hours a week outside London. Conference reasserts the view that any hours worked over that contracted masks the decline of the service, adds to stress levels, contradicts family friendly policies, is injurious to health and most significantly denies job opportunities to others.
2.00pm Vote of thanks
Conference reconvenes April 25-28 2002 Eastbourne.