Strike – about our Hardship Scheme

UNISON nationally does not pay strike pay until a dispute lasts longer than three days. At this point strike pay of £15 a day can be paid to all members taking industrial action. Full take home pay is only paid in certain circumstances during a national dispute.

This branch recognises that all members will experience a degree of financial difficulty in taking strike action and we appreciate the support given by our members on 30th November when the majority of our branch members came out on strike against the government’s proposals to change our pensions scheme. We have therefore agreed that we will make hardship payments to members experiencing genuine financial difficulty due to being on strike. Given the size of the branch (3,000+ members) and the amount of money we have available in our strike fund we have to be prudent in paying out any hardship claim, therefore any claim for hardship money will be assessed by the hardship claims sub-committee.

Please use this form to detail your claim stating exactly how you experienced financial difficulty as a result of taking strike action. Please attach the payslip showing your strike pay deduction (this is the evidence we require that you were on strike that day and no claim will be processed without it) with copies of any evidence such as bills, bank statements etc. that you feel support your claim. We will also need a copy of your payslip showing your strike deduction before we can consider the claim. The sub-committee may ask for further information to be provided. Your claim will be dealt with in confidence.

(originally posted 21.12.11)

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