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UNISON members have at the end of our consultative ballot very narrowly rejected the LGA’s pay offer, with 50.44% voting to reject.

However 68.18% of branches and 8 out of 11 Regions have voted to accept the offer and as you may have heard GMB have voted heavily to accept and published their results. This makes it very unlikely that we can deliver consistent national action.

The UNISON NJC Committee has therefore agreed to reluctantly amend its recommendation to acceptance of the pay offer.

Plymouth in UNISON members and the South West Region voted to accept so unless there is feedback that there is a groundswell of non voters who meant to vote reject saying differently them Branch Committee will be asked to endorse the NJC decision on the 27th March

By all means give that feedback either way to the branch or you local Rep if you feel strongly.

Following our 5% Pay claim and early campaigning UNISON, GMB and Unite have received a letter from the local government employers outlining a proposed two-year pay deal for council and school support staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The offer covers the two years from 1 April 2018. It would mean a 2% wage rise next April for the majority of council and school support staff currently earning more than £19,430, and a further 2% in April 2019.

The local government employers are also proposing to give lower paid staff a higher wage rise – of up to 16% over the two years.

The proposals also include a revamp of National Joint Council pay scales. The full breakdown can be seen here 24794

Unison’s NJC met on 23rd January and Recommended a Rejection of the Offer, on the understanding that we will need to be prepared to take sustained all out strike action.
However it is up to you
There will be a formal consultation with electronic balloting and Plymouth in UNISON is anxious to get your views.
Please take part
Vote on what you think, not what you think other members or other unions will do
Vote to Accept to ensure we get our rise in April; if you think it is the best deal we can get and don’t want to take action; or if you think there can be no more money to fund a better offer.
Vote to Reject if you are prepared to take strike action over pay ; If you think that with inflation is running at 3% this is still another net cut; and if you’ve just had enough of austerity.
You will either be balloted by e-mail or we will send you a paper ballot if we don’t have your e-mail.
Polls close 8th March

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I part of this consultation?

All members whose pay is determined by the NJC will be eligible to vote. This will include most local authority employees, and many members in voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools and NJC academies and multi academy trusts (MATS).  Members covered by other agreements, would be craft workers, youth and community workers, chief officers, Soulbury staff, FE and 6th form colleges.


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