UNISON and Napo Interserve CRC members have voted overwhelmingly in a consultative ballot to reject Interserve CRC Pay offer.
93% of UNISON members voted to reject the pay offer and 92% of Napo members voted to reject the offer.
Napo and UNISON submitted a joint pay claim to Interserve in March 2019. The pay claim sought pay equality with the National Probation Service (NPS) from 1 April 2019 with a minimum increase for all staff of at least 3%. Both unions believe that Interserve CRC staff deserve the same pay increase for their dedication, skill and hard work in a period of major change within the probation service and the Interserve CRCs.
However, after a series of negotiations, the offer we have received fell a long way short of the claim leaving most Interserve CRC staff significantly worse off than their former colleagues working in the NPS.
The offer from Interserve was:
§ Payment of your contractual increment if you are not at the top of your pay band from 1 April, which you should now have received
§ A 1% cost of living increase (inflation is currently 2.8% – July RPI)
§ Deletion of the bottom two pay points for Bands 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
This offer falls well short of the current rate of inflation and does little to reduce the length of the pay bands, which remain far too long despite the deletion of the bottom two pay points.
We hope that the overwhelming rejection of the offer by Interserve CRC members will encourage the employers to reopen pay talks.