Local government workers need a decent pay rise

This petition was published by UNISON, GMB and UNITE on Apr 10, 2014

gopetitionWe the undersigned bellieve that our council and school support workers do a great job providing services for our local community and educating our children. Despite this, they are the lowest paid workers in the public sector.

We believe that they should be paid properly for the important work they do - and not less than the Living Wage. However, we note with great concern that their pay has fallen by 18% since 2010 and many councils and schools have cut hours, pay and conditions further reducing their take-home pay and pensions. The employers' 1% pay offer would mean a further pay cut of almost 2%

The claim submitted by UNISON, GMB and Unite for at least £1 an hour for all council and school support workers is a reasonable one which we support. The extra pay would be spent in our economy and 55% of the cost of the claim would be saved through increased tax and National Insurance and reduced spending on benefits

We call on the employers to make a decent pay offer to local council and school support workers, with the lowest pay rate to be no less than the Living Wage. We call on the coalition government to make funding available for the pay claim and to stop council cuts.

Click here to sign the petition

worthitDraft Payscales Offer 2014

Read the full document below.

Note: Some users viewing this page behind a firewall may not be able to view the document online, you can download it here for offline viewing.

{pdf=/images/campaigns/Draft2014Payscales.pdf|100%|500|pdfjs}

Email your local councillors, MP and MEP

...and ask them to support your local council staff.

Local government pay and conditions are by far the worst in the public sector. Since 2010, our pay has fallen by 18% in real terms. With food, fuel and travel costs going through the roof, many will not be able to manage.

In the lead up to local and European elections, we have a chance to ask our politicians to support council staff, home carers, teaching assistants, school support staff, other local government workers and the services they deliver.

Unison's model letter

This gives you some ideas to put in your email, but remember to add your own experiences of how you, your family and your local services are affected.

Model letter to your MP and MEP [Word]

Model letter to your local councillors [Word]

It's easy to email your local councillor or MP. Just start by putting your postcode in the box below:

writetothem.com

Devastating impact of austerity measures

Research commissioned by UNISON’s LGBT Committee provides a snapshot of the devastating impact of Government’s austerity measures on LGBT service providers and LGBT service users. An executive summary of the research undertaken by NatCen Social Research for UNISON can be downloaded at http://www.natcen.ac.uk/media/205546/unison-lgbt-austerity-stand-alone-exec-summary.pdf
 
The report finds that reductions in funding of services due to austerity measures have led to:
• Financial hardship from redundancies, real term pay cuts and changes to benefit rules. LGBT workers are earning less from working zero-hour contracts, having their pay frozen for years, struggling to meet basic costs such as household bills, travel costs, making them more likely to use payday loans and food banks. 
• A growing perception of feeling ‘less safe’ in the streets and more vulnerable to discrimination. The cut or loss to initiatives that help LGBT people report hate crimes meant some raised concerns that LGBT discrimination was ‘creeping back into society’. The police cuts on equality and diversity advisors for example made this feeling worse.

Local Government Pay Falling

UNISON is campaigning for a fair deal on pay for local government workers.

worthitLocal government workers pay has fallen by 18% in real terms since 2010. This is the result of pay freezes in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and a below inflation pay increase of 1% in 2013. On top of this decline, individual councils continue to cut pay and conditions at local level.

Read more about this and other stories on the main Unison website here

Pay Campaign April 2014 (19)

Read the full document below.

Note: Some users viewing this page behind a firewall may not be able to view the document online, you can download it here for offline viewing.

{pdf=/images/campaigns/pay14-19.pdf|100%|500|pdfjs}

21 May 2014 Pay Protest

"SurveyMonkey©

Tomorrow is UNISON's local government NJC pay protest. On the eve of the local and MEP elections UNISON wants the pay protest to send a strong message to the employers that we are serious about winning a better pay deal

Are low pay and high prices hitting you?

As part of the local government NJC 2014 pay campaign in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, UNISON is running a survey to check the impact of falling pay and rising prices.

We want everyone working in councils and schools to complete this short online survey - whether they're UNISON members or not.

It takes a few minutes to complete and responses are completely confidential.

Please help by completing Unions Pay Survey (provided by surveymonkey) below

Send us photos of your branch activities tomorrow.  We want to share them with other local branches and we will forward them to Head Offic and add some to our website.

worthitPay Campaign April 2014 (21)

Read the full document below.

Note: Some users viewing this page behind a firewall may not be able to view the document online, you can download it here for offline viewing.

{pdf=/images/campaigns/pay2014-21.pdf|100%|500|pdfjs}

News from the regional secretary

Read the full document below.

Note: Some users viewing this page behind a firewall may not be able to view the document online, you can download it here for offline viewing.

{pdf=/images/campaigns/RegionalSecretaryNewsApr2014.pdf|100%|500|pdfjs}

worthitPay Campaign April 2014 (18)

Read the full document below.

Note: Some users viewing this page behind a firewall may not be able to view the document online, you can download it here for offline viewing.

{pdf=/images/campaigns/pay14-18.pdf|100%|500|pdfjs}

Model Text to write to your MP \ Councillor

Model Text for branches to follow up UNISON email to all MPs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Model Text for Members Letter to Councillors and MPs on NJC Pay

Model Text for branches to follow up NJC TU Side email to all councillors in England Wales and Northern Ireland

tuc logoPay inequality has soared since 2000, says TUC

Wage inequality has soared across the West Midlands over the last 13 years according to new TUC analysis published today (Monday) to coincide with the beginning of the TUC's first Fair Pay Fortnight which runs until Sunday 6 April 2014.

The figures – based on full-time earnings from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) – show that between 2000 (when the data was first collected) and 2013 the pay gap between the top 10 per cent and the bottom 10 per cent of earners in the west midlands rose by 7 per cent. This is higher than the national average rise in the pay gap of five per cent over the same period.
A similar picture emerges in the East Midlands where the gap between those on the 90th and 10th percentile of earnings has grown by 5 per cent since 2000.

Read the full story here

Well Done on the Day of Protest

Well done to the branches taking part in Tuesday's Day of Protest – it was a great success. Branches big and small did something to mark the day and we got lots of media coverage across the UK. Trade union imagination ran riot, with impressive action....

  • joint union rallies in Belfast, Derry and other parts of Northern Ireland,
  • a 'soup kitchen' in Nottinghamshire and a food bank in Derbyshire highlighting workers relying on top up benefits and food banks to make ends meet,
  • a march with campaign bus and fire engine in Camden,
  • a panto in Southwark –Local Government Cinderella taking on the 2 ugly sisters, Cameron & Osborne
  • singing and conga flash mobs in Birmingham
  • members dressed in red in Northumberland giving out red ribbons to demonstrate members are in the red
  • donuts in Redbridge – the hole representing the 18% hole in pay
  • bacon sandwiches at a Newcastle rally
  • and too many more to mention....

Everywhere activists were talking to members, getting them to sign our campaign postcards to Local Government Association leaders calling for a decent pay rise and recruiting!

 

NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

If you do not change browser settings, you agree to it.

I understand