We have just received notification that there is a further day of industrial action to be taken to force the Employer to negotiate.
The UNISON National Joint Council (NJC), the committee which negotiates for our pay, met earlier this week to review the strike action we took on July 10 and decide the next steps in our campaign. It has decided to hold a second day of strike action on Tuesday 30 September. This is the last date local government pay is above the National Minimum Wage (NMW): On 1 October, SCP 5 will fall below the NMW of £6.50 per hour.
The NJC Trade Union Side Executive is meeting on 29 July to discuss coordinating second wave action and further information will follow. The UNISON NJC Committee has also agreed to set a date for industrial action in October should there be no movement by the Employers.
Recent research gives us a projection of the wider effect of each % point increase in public sector pay. It shows us that every 1 per cent increase “…generates between £710 million and £820 million for the government in increased income tax, National Insurance contributions, and expenditure tax receipts, and reduced benefit and tax credit expenditure”. (See link for further information: http://bit.ly/1peudER ).
The pay claim for £1 across the board make sense and will ensure that those at the bottom will receive a real living wage and our salary scales keep above inflation.
We will be organising further meetings and sending you more information in August and September.
Once again we hope we can count on your support in our struggle to win a decent pay award.