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Category Archives: Worth It Campaign
UNISON Worth-It video......
Thanks to all our members who took strike action to support the campaign for fair pay last Thursday, especially to those that joined our picket lines, came to the local rally and/or travelled up to the BBC to join the march and rally. Despite the poor weather, good morale and determination were in evidence. We got some good coverage on the national TV news and lots of time was given over to the issue on radio. There will likely be another call to take further action later in the summer – probably September / October time, unless the employers come back to the table with an improved offer. We will wait and see. In the meantime, why not write to your MP and your local councillor to tell them why you deserve a pay rise and how unfair it is that low paid workers are being made to pay for an economic crisis caused by the behaviour of the banks and the wealthy. Ours is a just cause so let’s continue with the good fight. Visit our gallery to see more pictures from the day.
Why Trade Unions are striking on July 10.
Millions of public sector workers are having their pay pegged to 1% when RPI inflation is nearly 3% and energy prices are up 9%! Average household income is already 6% below 2003 levels. Continue reading
UNISON is taking official strike action in order to win a fair pay rise for Local Government workers on 10th July. The union expects all of our members who are directly employed by the Council to take strike action on that day. Continue reading
The UNISON Pay Ballot has voted Yes to strike action. The action will take place on Thursday 10th July 2014. Continue reading
All UNISON members who work directly for the Council should have received a ballot paper by now. If you have not then please call the Ballot Hotline on 0800 0 857 857. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 6am to midnight and 9am to 4pm on Sundays. This line closes on 18th June – one week from now, so make sure you contact them if you need a ballot paper.
Today saw the Regional Officers attend the branch and they spoke to the members who attended our branch meeting. It is a shame that more of you were not there to hear the Regional Officer and Area Organiser
explain how UNISON is campaigning for better pay for Local government workers. Nationally, on average, local government workers are earning £4,000 less per year than when the coalition took power. In Waltham Forest our lowest paid members have also had to put up with the Labour Council cutting their take home pay by removing all staff pay benefits that only applied to lower paid workers. Continue reading
All UNISON members working for Waltham Forest Council should now have received, or will shortly be receiving, their ballot paper. The union and this branch are strongly recommending that we all vote “Yes” to taking strike action. Our pay has fallen behind every other public sector and the private sector. We have suffered the worst pay reductions across the country since 2010 and our members are now 18 to 25% worse off as a result of the Government’s austerity agenda and the Council imposed pay cuts to lower paid workers in 2012. We have to stand up now or we will fall even further behind as the government pay offer of 1% does not even match inflation. Continue reading
Worth It Campaign......
VOTE YES AND SUPPORT ACTION FOR A DECENT PAY RISE!
The National Ballot for this year’s pay claim is going to start being sent out on Friday 23rd May. The ballot will go to all members’ home addresses and will simply ask whether you support strike action in order to win a fairer pay settlement this year. Our branch and the national union are recommending that you vote “Yes”. Local Government pay is falling so far behind every other sector. Local Government members are now 18% worse off on average than they were in 2010. This year the government is only offering 1% which is well below the current rate of inflation. The union believes that we have to stop this trend and wants to campaign vigorously for a fairer deal. Continue reading
Vote YES in the ballot......
Waltham Forest branch is recommending a Yes vote. It is very important that members return the ballot form so that the vote is a true reflection of our members’ views on the pay issue. We want a big turn out with a good majority so that we can go forward and challenge the government’s public sector pay policy.
The ballot runs from 23rd May to 23rd June and members will receive the ballot form in the post. Members are advised to complete the form and send it back in the envelope provided as quickly as possible.
Although we had a disappointing turn out, 92% of those who voted rejected the pay ballot in our branch. Nationally members overwhelmingly rejected the insulting 1% pay offer. We want to engage all members as we move towards national action. A strike ballot will start on 23rd May and last for 4 weeks. Members will be asked if they are prepared to take strike action. If the vote is ‘yes’ and the union’s industrial action committee give the green light, industrial action will start in July. ALL staff employed by Councils who are covered by the NJC will be balloted. Continue reading