Following a meeting held today UNISON and other Local Government trade unions agreed to change the date of the next stage of strike action.
Rather than the provisional date of 30th September the next strike day will be on Tuesday 14th October 2014.
Further details will be circulated as soon as more detailed information is available but for now please read the UNISON Press Release below.
UNISON PRESS RELEASE
Unions to escalate pay strike action in October
Unions representing over a million local government workers – GMB, UNISON and Unite – have agreed to escalate their dispute over pay with a campaign running into the autumn.
The three unions have agreed that their members will run a co-ordinated strike of their local government and school members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Tuesday 14 October.
The strike will be just a few days before the TUC organised national demonstration on 18 October calling for decent pay.
Local government workers have suffered three years of a pay freeze, followed by a below inflation pay deal and have now been offered a paltry 1%. They have seen their pay reduced in value by 20%since 2010. This resulted in a one day strike on 10 July.
No further talks have taken place since that date, despite the unions offering to go to the Government’s arbitration and conciliation service.
UNISON Head of Local Government, Heather Wakefield, said:
“Employers and Government must be left in no doubt that we are serious in this dispute. As sister unions, we stand together to make sure that our members are treated with decency and respect. Our members cannot afford to carry on propping up local services through their pay packets. Many are low paid women who are being forced to resort to food banks and pay day loan sharks just to survive. We need to put the heart back into local government by paying a living wage.”