The ballot is on! It is absolutely vital that as many members as possible vote – and vote ‘yes’ to strike action – if we are to persuade the employers to re-think their woeful pay offer. We will need solid strike action across local government to get the employers back into negotiations. The closing date for postal ballots is 23rd June, so if you put your pay ballot on the mantelpiece behind the clock, time to dust it off and get those ‘yes’ votes rolling in…
The West Sussex Branch Committee is fully behind the call to vote ‘yes’. The West Sussex branch has already conducted a consultative ballot with members during which our members voted by 81% to 19% to take industrial action. Remember though a consultative ballot does not give legal authority to take industrial action, so if you want to improve the paltry offer made so far and get the pay rise you deserve, you must use your ballot!
Don’t forget, low pay is not just a problem now. It will hit the value of your pension when you retire as well, as a briefing from UNISON demonstrates.
Didn’t receive your ballot paper or a new member?
There’s still time. Members without a ballot paper or new joiners in workplaces being balloted can get ballot papers by ringing the hotline on 0800 0 857 857 up to 12.00 noon on 18 June. Have your membership number and name of employer ready when calling the helpline.
NJC Pay – social media feeds
On Twitter UNISON is using the hashtag #NJCpay14. You can also follow @LocalGovPay.
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