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Unison rejected poor pay proposal - Unite and GMB should too and build the strike

by Nick Ruff, Kirklees Unison branch chair (pc)
Issue No. 2423

Local government workers are stronger if they fight together - we dont have to accept peanuts

Local government workers are stronger if they fight together - we don't have to accept peanuts (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

Some 15 ballots of Unison union members in academy schools all backed strikes—and they will join the local government walkout on 14 October.

Unison’s National Joint Council (NJC) met on Thursday of last week to discuss the action.

It was presented with a proposal, not an offer, cobbled together by Unison general secretary Dave Prentis and others during the Labour Party conference.

The proposal is an award of 2.2 percent with effect from 1 January next year to 31 March for those earning over £14,880.

It would also include a lump sum of £100.

The proposal would tie Unison to a two-year deal. Those earning over £20,400 would get less than 1 percent between 2014 and 2015.

And the award doesn’t equate to much more than 1 percent in 2014 and 1 percent in 2015.

The NJC rejected the proposal.

The Unite and GMB unions, also set to strike in local government on 14 October, were set to consult on the proposal.

They should reject it and campaign for a successful strike.

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