One thing you can do now to help support the campaign for fair pay is send a message to your local councillors and MP.
There is a link to contact your MP/councillor and some text you might use on the national website. All UNISON members can help, whoever you work for. The suggested text is copied below.
Please support your workforce
I am a UNISON member employed in the NHS/Police Service/Probation/Environment Agency/other. As a local resident, I really value the local services I get. That’s why I am asking you to support local government and school workers in this council who are campaigning for an extra £1 an hour on their pay – more than the 1% most of them have been offered by the Local Government Association.
They really need it. They had a pay freeze from 2010 until 2013, followed by a 1% increase in 2013 when inflation was 2%. Now they have been offered another pay cut – 1%, while inflation is 2.5%. Their basic pay is the lowest in the public sector. Over 450,000 earn below the Living Wage and many have had their pay and conditions cut at local level too.
I believe that my fellow UNISON members deserve decent pay for the great job they do in our community. I know that funding is tight, but over half the cost of their claim would be paid for through increases in tax and national insurance and reduced cost of in-work benefits. It can – and should – be met. Please let me know what you are going to do to support them.