UNISON members vote YES to strike

Members of UNISON, the UK’s largest union, have today voted
overwhelmingly in favour of strike action to protect their pensions.
The union balloted members including nurses, teaching assistants, social
workers, care assistants, paramedics, police staff, school dinner ladies,
probation workers and cleaners.

Overall: Yes: 245,358

No: 70,253


Local Government (Including Scotland)

Yes 171,428

No 54,500

76% in favour – Turnout 30%

NHS (including Scotland)

Yes 73,930 No 15,753

82% in favour – Turnout 25%

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON said:

“The decisive yes vote in the ballot, reflects the deep concern that our
members have over Government ministers’ proposals for their pensions.
“Yesterday’s statement in Parliament was a marked improvement on earlier

“But, it is important to understand that the statement has to be translated
into offers in the scheme specific talks. We still have had no offer in those
negotiations, where such an offer can legitimately be made.

“We support the TUC day of action on 30 November, but will be negotiating right
up to then and beyond to get a fair deal for our members.” Senior lay officials
of the union are meeting throughout the afternoon to discuss the latest
Government statement on pensions and to decide what action to take as a result
of the strike ballot.

Separate figures for Scotland

Local Government Scotland

Yes 21,799 No 7881

NHS Scotland

Yes 13,236

No 1,880


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