UNISON members in local government and schools have decided through a democratic ballot to take strike action over pay. We have done so because our take-home pay has fallen by a massive 20% in real terms since 2009.
If our pay had simply risen in line with inflation, we would all be thousands of pounds better off each year. Below-inflation or non-existent pay awards will continue until UNISON members take action to stop them. The graph below shows the cumulative effect of falling pay:
Someone on Grade 1, sp5 (e.g. a cleaner) is £1,994 per year worse off. If pay had matched inflation they would be earning £14,429 instead of £12,435.
Someone on Grade 2, sp10 (e.g. midday meals supervisor) is £2,247 per year worse off. If pay had matched inflation they would be earning £16,260 instead of £14,013.
Someone on Grade 5, sp19 (e.g. senior library assistant) is £2,882 per year worse off. If pay had matched inflation they would be earning £20,862 instead of £17,980.
Someone on Grade 10, sp38 (e.g. a senior social worker) is £5,142 per year worse off. If pay had matched inflation they would be earning £37,214 instead of £32,072.
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A letter from our General Secretary
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis has written a letter to all UNISON members about the strike action. Download and read it here.
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Find out more about why we are taking strike action and why this is one battle we literally cannot afford to lose.