Socialist Worker

Reject pay proposal in local government

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2427

Unison leaders face a serious kickback over their decision to call off a local government strike on 14 October.

They made the decision with GMB and Unite union leaders.

Workers rejected bosses’ 1 percent pay offer and struck on 10 July. Yet union leaders suspended action for a 2.2 percent pay proposal over two years—just 94p extra a year per £1,000 earned.

It isn’t even an official offer. 

A consultation of Unison members in England and Wales on the proposal is ongoing.

Unison’s North West regional committee has voted to call for its 34 branches to recommend rejection. 

Another 27 Unison branches had called for rejection as Socialist Worker went to press.

Manchester Unison branch said, “If it looks like a sell out, smells like a sell out, walks like a sell out and talks like a sell out, it’s probably a sell out.”

South Gloucestershire Unison branch is calling for rejection. 

Branch chair Huw Williams (pc) told Socialist Worker, “Those arguing to accept these proposals are on weak ground.

“The increase in stress has fused with anger over pay—people see we need a national response. We have to win a big vote to reject this deal.”

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