Branch consultation results are in

The branch consultation on the 2008 pay offer closed on Tuesday, with 150 responses received from Unison members. Of these, 71 (47%) voted to accept the employers’ offer of 2.45%, and 79 (53%) voted to reject the offer on the basis they agree to take strike action.

Unison recommended that members reject the offer and be prepared to take strike action of two days to begin with followed by more – because that’s what it’s likely to take to get the employers to come back to the negotiating table. Now we know our branch members feeling on the pay offer, and this result has been submitted to Head Office.

The National Joint Committee (NJC) will meet very soon to look at the results nationally and decide whether there has been enough support to launch an official ballot on industrial action, or alternatively if the offer should be accepted by Unison negotiators. The conclusion of the negotiations may depend on the consultations of the two other local government trade unions (GMB and T&G), which are due to end soon. In principal, all three unions would need to accept the offer before any increases would be paid to employees.

We will keep you informed of all the developments as they happen, or you can visit the full UNISON's Pay Matters campaign news section.