Members across local government branches in England, Wales and the union’s Northern Ireland region, who are covered by the National Joint Council pay framework, have voted overwhelmingly (64% to 35%) to reject the employers’ pay offer. Members in Camden rejected the offer by 82% to 18%.
For most of us the offer amounts to still another real pay cut, especially in the light of the 1.4% rise in National Insurance contributions that many will face from 06 April.
UNISON’s National Joint Council committee met on Tuesday (23 February) and has agreed to request an official strike ballot. Unite members in local government, while the GMB is still in the process of consulting its membership. More information should be available at the branch’s Annual General Meeting.