Pay – Strike Ballot Goes Ahead


We are about to be balloted by our national union over this years pay offer. This follows a 70% rejection of the offer by those consulted by UNISON Local Government branches up and down the country.

In Coventry, the indication was that 77% respondents wished to reject the local government pay offer, and 33% wished to accept. This indicates a clear majority of respondents wished to reject the offer. Coventry Unison will be campaigning to reject the offer and support strike action if necessary.

The pay offer would mean around 50,000 of the lowest paid local government workers receive a rise that is slightly above inflation. The remainder of the workforce – around 90% – would receive just 1%. 

Coventry Unison wishes to thank all members and Stewards who assisted with the consultation process and every member who responded with comments and suggestions around the pay campaign. We will now give you very regular updates on the pay ballot and outcomes as we move forward.

We have already endured three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by below-inflation rises in 2013 and 2014, leaving our pay reduced by almost 20% since the Coalition came to power.

UNISON’s Head of Local Government, Heather Wakefield, said: “Our members have made it clear that this pay offer is the straw that breaks the camel’s back …they have used this consultation to send a strong message that it is insulting.”

Paul Hunt, Assistant Branch Secretary, Coventry Unison, said:  “This pay offer is another pay cut in real terms. It is a complete slap in the face for our hard working members, who keep vital public services going, whilst being under constant threat of both redundancy and further cuts to local services. The employer has left us with little choice. We urge all members to reject the offer in the formal ballot”.



Please talk to your steward and get the latest information from Unison about the pay claim.

Please copy this Hotline and make sure you and your colleagues attend any meetings we organise. Lets fight to end poverty pay in local government.

Phone 02476 550829 for info.


Read Our Press Release here – april2514unisonpressrelease

Unison Consultation indicates rejection of pay offer by Coventry Unison members


Following the series of consultative meetings organised by Unison, the indication is that 256 respondents wished to reject the local government pay offer, and 78 wished to accept. This indicates 77% wishing to reject, a clear majority of respondents. This information was fed back to the Regional and national union as part of the wider consultation process. 

Thanks to all those who attended the meetings and/or responded to my email on the issue. We will feed back further updates on the Pay Campaign as we receive them.

Unison Learning & Education – Help us Celebrate World Book Night – April 23rd, 2014


Hi all,

Your UNISON Learning Reps will be running a stall at Central Library at lunchtime (12 – 2pm) on Wednesday 23 April. Please come along and have a chat about your learning and education options; see what we have to offer, and take a look at our Coventry UNISON book recommendations for World Book Night

There will also be information on Skills for Life, for those interested in taking the plunge in getting back into education.

In addition, there will be leaflets on the current pay campaign, equality issues including the new branch LGBT group and, of course, the requisite benefits such as holidays, insurances, car deals etc. If you would like a chat about any of these matters or would like to know more, come up and see us.

Hope to see you at Central Library!

Mike & Paul

Learning & Education Reps

Coventry District Branch