UNISON Pay Ballot – Strike is on

The UNISON Pay Ballot has voted Yes to strike action. The action will take place on Thursday 10th July 2014.

Below is how the BBC have reported the news.

“Local government and school support workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have voted to strike over pay, public service union Unison has said.

The union said a one-day strike would be held on 10 July.

The Local Government Association (LGA) called the vote for strike action “disappointing” but said it would “not change the pay offer we have made”.

Members of other unions are currently voting on proposed strikes, with a day of action planned for 10 July.

Unison said local government workers and school support staff – which include all school workers except teachers – had been subject to a three-year pay freeze and had now been offered a 1% pay rise.

The union said almost 85,000 workers – mainly low-paid women – voted and more than 58% backed the strike. About 410,000 workers had the chance to vote.

‘Deserve better’

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “These workers care for our elderly, clean our streets, feed and educate our school children and keep our libraries running, but they receive no recognition in their pay packets.

“They are mainly low-paid women workers, stressed and demoralised, and they deserve better from their employers and from this government.

“This is the group that has borne the brunt of the government’s austerity agenda.”

Mr Prentis said Unison members “expect to be joined” by other unions in the strike on 10 July, adding: “The employers must get back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute.”

Unison said pay freezes and below-inflation pay rises had reduced local government workers’ pay by 20% since the coalition government came to power in 2010.

The GMB and Unite unions are expected to announce the results of strike ballots in the coming days, and the National Union of Teachers has already announced a strike on 10 July.”

You can see the story here – m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27980502#TWEET1165042

We need to start preparing for the strike now and we will be sending out further messages over the next few days.



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