UNISON members in local government and schools have voted for industrial action over pay. Britain faces one of its biggest days of industrial action for decades after hundreds of thousands of local government workers have now decided to strike on Tuesday October 14th.
The employer’s side of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, refuses to renegotiate on its 1% final offer. NJC workers in local government have seen an 18% drop in basic pay in real terms since 2010. This is a consequence of the government's pay freeze, failure to pay the promised £250 to the one million local government workers earning below £21,000 and the longer-term decline in NJC pay.
The trade unions are seeking a minimum of £1 an hour for employees on NJC terms and conditions to make the living wage rate the bottom pay rate in local government and - because everyone on NJC pay is low paid for the jobs they do - the same flat rate increase on all other pay points.