The ballot over pay in local government and schools has begun. Thousands of members across the country will now be receiving ballot papers.
Now is the time to vote ‘YES’ for action on pay. We need a resounding vote and a good turnout to keep up the momentum of the campaign.
Local government workers have already endured three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by a below inflation settlement in 2013. For most of the workforce, this year’s 1% offer will be a further real terms pay cut, leaving pay reduced by almost 20% since the Coalition came to power.
A pay rise of £1.20 an hour across all pay bands would be fair and affordable.
UNISON members decisively rejected the employers’ measly offer in our earlier pay consultation. Now is the time to vote ‘YES’ for action.
If you’ve not received a ballot paper call 0800 0 857 857 or visit: www.unison.org.uk/my-unison/welcome
If you are not yet a UNISON member, you can still take part in the ballot if you join the union and apply for a ballot paper before noon on 18 June.
If you’ve questions about the pay issue, speak to your steward and look out for meetings and visits in your workplace.
To read more about the arguments for a pay rise in schools and local government Click here.