Your union has started to consult members across councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland about the pay claim to submit to the local authority employers for the next financial year. Here is how you can have your say.
As you’ll already know, the real value of our pay after inflation has fallen substantially over the past decade. Meanwhile, continuing cuts to councils by central government threaten both further cuts in real pay and more job losses.
UNISON’s National Joint Council (NJC) committee has proposed that the union alongside the GMB and Unite puts forward a claim of 5% for all those covered by the NJC pay framework – that means the vast majority of Camden Council employees and support staff working in community and voluntary aided schools.
While your Branch Committee has generally supported flat rate claims with a view to narrowing pay differentials, what’s crucial is that members get involved with the consultation process and in building for a campaign of action in support of the claim that eventually emerges. Otherwise, we are looking at the reality of still further erosion of the pay and conditions of local government staff across both Camden and nationally.
For members whose email addresses we have, we will be sending an electronic ballot paper. If you have not received yours by Monday 15 May, it means we have not got your email address so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to give us your email address. If we don’t have your email address, paper ballots will be sent to workplace addresses. If you don’t receive one please contact the branch office through the above email address or by telephone on 02079741633 to make sure we have your up-to-date details.
Please use your vote in this very simple poll. Voting closes at 5.00 PM on THURSDAY 25 May. We’ll let members know local, regional and national results as soon as possible as well as the next steps in a campaign to halt pay erosion and win a real rise.
Please also encourage your colleagues to vote, and join Unison.