For immediate release
15 July, 2014
UNISON is hailing last week’s strike action by local government and school support workers as an overwhelming success, with more than one million public service workers reported to have attended picket lines and rallies in protest over this year’s pay offer. In Coventry hundreds of members of UNISON, GMB, UNITE, PCS, NUT and FBU joined a rally in Broadgate, followed by the march round the city, calling for a fair and just pay settlement for members. It was the first time in several years for the unions to come together and it was a resounding success.
It shows the strength of feeling in many areas of the public sector that enough really is enough. The government can afford to treat public sector workers better, when we have suffered more than half a million job losses since the coalition came to power. More work and less pay has become the employers’ mantra and it cannot continue.
The UK is the seventh wealthiest economy in the world, yet you wouldn’t believe it to listen to politicians. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. We cannot and will not stand idly by and continue to see the wholesale destruction of public services, our jobs and our pay that we work so hard for. It is as important to raise our placards and make our voices heard now as it was when the suffragettes did before us in their cause for the right to vote.
For details of the pay campaign and future events, visit the national Unison Campaign page via http://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/unison-campaigns/worth-it/home/ or contact Coventry Unison via the above address or visit on the web via www.coventryunison.co.uk, our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/coventry.unison.
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