UNISON’s local government and school support workers have voted yes to strike action in a dispute over pay. The low paid, mainly women, workers have faced a 3 year pay freeze and have now been offered a 1% pay rise. The lowest are paid just above the statutory national minimum wage and did not even receive the £250 that Chancellor George Osborne promised they would get two years running.
UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:
“We have a clear majority for strike action so a one day strike will go ahead on 10 July. We expect to be joined in that action by other unions in local government and will be campaigning amongst our members for maximum support on that day.
“Many of our members are low paid women earning barely above the minimum wage, who care for our children, our elderly and our vulnerable and they deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this Government. The employers must get back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute.”
Details of Hampshire UNISON’s plans for the day will be posted here shortly. For the strike to be successful we will need maximum participation from all members on the day, organising picket lines and attending local rallies. And the more members we have the greater our impact, so talk to your colleagues now about why you will be striking on 10 July and ask them to join UNISON. If you want to get involved further with the preparations for the strike please contact the branch office.