Youth and community workers, members of Unite, along with staff side unions have voted to accept a two year pay deal starting from September 2018.

Unite members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the two year JNC (Joint Negotiating Committee), pink book pay deal with a 90 per cent majority.

The deal gives workers a pay boost of two per cent in 2018, with a further two per cent in 2019. The lowest paid workers on pay bands 7 and below will receive in excess of two per cent over the two years.

The staff side unions - NEU, UCU, Unison and Unite – which negotiate on behalf of over 10,000 youth and community workers across England & Wales have now all completed their consultation with members, with all voting in favour of the deal.

Commenting Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for youth and community workers, said “We thank all the members that have participated in this ballot and made their voices heard.

“This pay deal does represent progress in this climate of economic and political uncertainty, but we will continue to campaign for decent pay for youth and community workers and better funding for youth and community services.

“Unite the union will publish the new JNC pink book rates as soon as they are available and we will work with employers in the statutory and voluntary sectors so that the new pay deal can be implemented in employees’ October pay packets with the correct back pay calculations.”


For more information please contact Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774 146 777.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.
  • Unite the union is the lead union for JNC Pink Book terms and conditions for youth and community workers.