Local Government and Schools Pay Ballot 2024

GMB pay ballot covering all workers across local government, school & academies that follow National Joint Council (NJC Green Book) pay, terms and conditions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland is now open.

From school support staff to refuse workers, from town hall workers to social workers, hundreds of occupations and approximately one million workers are covered by this pay offer.

GMB members will now have their say on pay and we need you to take part in this important ballot and let us know if you are prepared to accept or reject the pay offer.

The pay offer is as follows:

  • With effect from 1 April 2024, an increase of £1290 on all NJC pay points 2 - 43 (FTE). This equates to 5.77% for SCP2 and no less than 2.5% for SCP43. (This will be pro rata for part-time and term-time only workers).
  • With effect from 1 April 2024, an increase of 2.5% on all pay points above the maximum of the pay spine but graded below deputy chief officer.
  • With effect from 1 April 2024, an increase of 2.5% on all allowances (as listed in the 2022 NJC pay agreement circular dated 1 November 2022).

The employers also responded to other elements of the pay claim submitted by GMB and sister unions. You can read the pay offer in full here.

GMB joint Local Government and Schools Committee representatives have discussed the full and final pay offer and have agreed to not make any recommendation as they believe that you, the members, should now decide.

A vote to reject is also your vote in favour of a move to a formal industrial action ballot.

The closing date for the ballot is Friday 5th July 2024.


  • The Pay Offer is summarised above and consists of an increase of £1,290 on full time pay. This is reduced (pro-rata) for part-time and term-time only workers. *:

  • I understand that GMB will not record how I have voted and are only asked for my membership number to ensure that only eligible members have voted and that nobody an vote more than once. *: