The ballot of members for industrial action regarding 2021-22 NJC pay closed on 14 January in England and Wales (it remains open in Northern Ireland until 10 February).
The final result of the ballot is as follows:
- 70.2% of members voted YES to strike action
- 29.8% voted NO to strike action
However, the number of members taking part in the ballot was disappointing, and did not clear the government’s 50% participation threshold to permit industrial action.
It is clear that a large majority of those who voted were prepared to show their anger at the employers’ 1.75% pay offer by taking strike action.
UNISON’s NJC Committee is meeting to consider next steps – as well as to begin discussion on 2022-23 pay.
We will report back with news as soon as we can and expect a formal announcement imminently.