UNISON members vote yes to strike

Members of UNISON, the UK’s largest union, have today voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action to protect their pensions.

The union balloted members including nurses, teaching assistants, social workers, care assistants, paramedics, police staff, school dinner ladies, probation workers and cleaners.

Overall Total

Yes: 245,358
No: 70,253


Local Government (Including Scotland)

Yes: 171,428
No: 54,500

76% in favour – Turnout 30%

NHS (including Scotland)

Yes: 73,930
No: 15,753

82% in favour – Turnout 25%

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON said:

“The decisive yes vote in the ballot, reflects the deep concern that our members have over Government ministers’ proposals for their pensions. “Yesterday’s statement in Parliament was a marked improvement on earlier proposals.

“But, it is important to understand that the statement has to be translated into offers in the scheme specific talks. We still have had no offer in those negotiations, where such an offer can legitimately be made.

“We support the TUC day of action on 30 November, but will be negotiating right up to then and beyond to get a fair deal for our members.” Senior lay officials of the union are meeting throughout the afternoon to discuss the latest Government statement on pensions and to decide what action to take as a result of the strike ballot.

Separate figures for Scotland

Local Government Scotland

Yes: 21,799
No: 7881

NHS Scotland

Yes: 13,236
No: 1,880

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