UNISON is in national negotiations with our employers about our 2022/23 pay claim, and we expect an offer from the employers next week. If the offer is not near our claim, then we will be balloted about taking strike action. The details and timing of that won’t be decided by our negotiators until after we have the offer from the employers, but it’s important that we are ready for action and all options!
Camden UNISON is asking everyone to do four things so that we are as well organised and as prepared as possible.
1.UPDATE YOUR DETAILS
This is easy to do and there are a couple of ways. You can register with My UNISON, which takes a couple of minutes and is worth doing anyway, and then update your details yourself. The link below takes you there on the UNISON website:
Or you can complete the form attached and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can update your details for you.
2.BECOME A PAY CAMPAIGNER – OR A STEWARD!
We have to get over 50% of our members voting in a strike ballot, one of the anti-union laws that the Tories brought in. That means every vote matters! So the more people who are circulating information about the pay campaign, explaining that the money’s there to fund it, speaking to people about it, helping to phone bank when a ballot starts, the more likely we are to get over 50% turnout.
If you can help do some of this kind of thing and can be a Pay Campaigner in your workplace/school/team/service, then email email@example.com and let us know. And if you’re interested in becoming a steward let us know that too – you can get some facility time, training and support, you don’t have to do it all by yourself.
We always have more chance of winning if we’re organised!
3.HELP US GROW
And we also have more chance of winning if we’re bigger! So why not help us recruit new members? When you speak to colleagues, ask them if they’re in UNISON – and if they aren’t, ask if they’d like to join. In the last few weeks we’ve seen different unions like the rail and postal workers standing up for their members, locally our reps have been taking up all kinds of issues like working in hot temperatures, challenging restructures, campaigning against racism and much more, and of course we’re getting ready to fight for a decent pay rise – lots of reasons to join us!
Below is a link you can send on to anyone who wants to join:
4.LOOK OUT FOR UPDATES – AND OUR SURVEY
We know some of you are planning a well-earned break over the next few weeks, or if you work in a school the holidays are about to start, but over the next few weeks there will be lots of pay updates – what the employers offer, our response, the case for paying us properly and funding our services, so please do keep checking your emails.