Pay Talks - A Letter to Our Members

Dear Member,

We have been involved in the pay talks for the 2023-24 pay year.

Our team

Your negotiating team consists of the elected SA Executive committee.
We carried out our own research and requested data from NHBC to support our talks.

The economic position

Inflation is currently running at a 40-year high, and we know this is affecting your household budgets in the same way it is affecting ours. As we entered our negotiations early, we used forecasts which show that inflation is expected to fall sharply from the middle of 2023, perhaps to around 4-5% by the end of the year and then continuing to fall in 2024.

Read the full letter as a PDF

NHBC and YOUR SA Sign New Agreements

The Recognition and Facilities agreements between the NHBC and Your SA are very important documents and are legally binding.

Staff Association Signing-4a

Our last agreements were signed in 2017! Since then, we have had a lot of changes within NHBC, a new General Secretary, renewed our Constitution as well as affiliating with both the TUC and GFTU so it was felt these were due a review.

I’m happy to say that a single new agreement has been reached, bringing together what was two agreements. This was signed by Julia Georgiou and Steve Wood just before Christmas.

The new agreements reaffirms NHBC’s commitment to supporting Your SA, and work is now underway to find (or create) some permanent office space!

Many thanks to Steve and to both Belle Singh and Lisa Dean for helping us reach the revised agreement as a trusted partner.

Staff Association Signing-7a

UnionReps Connect Conference 2022 Congress House

Veronica Fiore
London & SE Region

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I’m proud to confirm that I took part to Unionreps Connect 2022 this year.

The event was held at the Congress Centre in London on the 6th October 2022, and it was a one-day event that brought together reps from unions across the UK, and offered learning lessons, training workshops and collaborative spaces for both new and experienced representatives.

After registration, coffee and pastry I was able to pick up some useful TUC publications and books in support of my role as a rep.

The agenda was interesting, and the main room welcomed hundreds of eager reps. Speakers included Ivory Riddel from RMT, with Becky Sixsmith-Hughes and Anna Kalsi from TUC who shared their own personal experiences on how reps can bring a positive change to the workplace and can work together to find the next generation of trade unionists.

Paul Nowak, General Secretary (Designate), warmed the audience up with a powerful and passionate speech on how we should bond together to face this current challenging time.

An utterly insightful overview of recent case law and what to expect in 2023 was given by Jo Seery, Professional Support Lawyer, Thompsons Solicitors.

More view from the picket line, inspirational stories from reps involved in recent industrial disputes and a presentation of the TUC’s new Solidarity Hub followed. ACAS gave us an overview of the role of conciliation in individual disputes, the role of the rep, and how the process could be improved.

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TUC 2022

The Floor

Your General Secretary Addressing TUC 2022

The Trades Union Congress is the annual meeting of all TUC affiliates to set policy for the TUC for the year ahead, as well as to hear reports of progress from the previous year.

Policy is set through an affiliated union putting a motion to Congress which is then debated. Over the two and a half days, around 60 motions were heard.

I was proud to speak on three Motions – Better PPE, a more effective HSE along with Equal Pay for minority strands such as BME, Disabled Workers and LGBT+ workers.

I was proud to move a motion to Congress on behalf of the TUC LGBT+ Committee, relating to supporting trans rights.

All 4 motions passed and are now part of TUC policy.