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General Secretary’s remuneration

21 February 2018

The pay of NUJ officials, including the general secretary (GS), is covered by a collective agreement with the officials’ chapel. Under our long-standing house agreement with the Officials’ chapel the general secretary is paid 12.5 per cent more than her deputy (assistant general secretary).

Last year the assistant general secretary (AGS)  took over as acting general secretary when the GS took maternity leave. At that time a serious anomaly was laid bare. The AGS was actually being paid more than the GS.

The finance committee of the national executive council, which has oversight of staff pay, resolved to rectify this anomaly and to seek the restoration of the pay differential specified in the house agreement. Negotiations took place with the officials' chapel covering this and other pay issues, including the terms and conditions of assistant organisers, whose posts were upgraded.

As part of the negotiations the pay differential between the GS and her AGS, which had inadvertently been breached, was restored. No claim was made for retrospection.

The negotiations and their outcome were reported to the finance committee and the NEC at all stages.

The NUJ takes its commitment to equality extremely seriously and would never knowingly discriminate against any employee.

That policy was affirmed by the NEC on Friday 16 February when a motion requesting a specific paper on the GS's pay was rejected, being supported only by its proposer and seconder.

The NEC agreed that no such paper on the pay of an individual member of staff was necessary or appropriate, since the negotiations had been carried out in accordance with our collective agreement with the Officials’ Chapel.

The GS's pay is a matter of report  to the NUJ’s Delegate Meeting and in our annual return to the Certification Officer. For the avoidance of doubt, however, the salary and other remunerations this year and last is as follows:

Base salary (including London weighting) £68,017
Employer pension costs £5,752
Car benefit £2,194
Total £75,963

Base salary (including London weighting) £83,666
Employer pension costs £6,925
Car benefit £2,194
Total £92,785

Barry McCall, chair, NUJ Finance Committee