The union Unison has sent a pay consultation document to local government branches. It asks them to consider two options that could become part of the union’s pay claim.
The first is for implementation of the Living Wage and an equivalent increase for those earning above it.
The second is for a £1 an hour rise for everyone.
My branch committee felt option one doesn’t make clear what pay rise is being demanded for those who already earn the Living Wage.
We voted to support option two. But we made it clear that the campaign had to begin immediately and at its forefront should be coordinated action.
Without a campaigning strategy and industrial action with other unions, the claim will mean nothing.