Two Day Strike to Go Ahead

UNISON members in local government will go on strike on 16 & 17 July – was the news confirmed by Unison’s Industrial Action Committee last Friday.

The action affects 600,000 local government members, including social workers, librarians, school meals workers, refuse collectors, surveyors and teaching assistants. They will walk out to protest this year’s below-inflation pay offer of 2.45%.

"Throughout the union and across the country our members working in local government have given sustained strike action the green light," said UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis. "This decision has not been taken lightly, but years of pay cuts and recent hikes in fuel, food and housing costs has left them with little choice," Mr Prentis continued.

"The employers must realise that we mean business. They must also understand they can resolve this dispute by coming up with a decent offer. Our members are loyal public service workers and our case for fair pay is strong."

The government’s Office of National Statistics’ own figures show that Retail Price Index inflation reached 4.3% in May. In the same month, the CPI measure of inflation, which the government uses to set its inflation target, hit 3.3%

The branch will be publishing a list of Frequently Asked Questions in the next few days to help answer queries our members may have. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or queries about the strike action, please speak to a steward or the branch office on 01603 212068.