Council and school workers voted for strike action for fair pay.
Local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted for action after rejecting the employers’ pay offer of just 1%. The first strike day took place on 10 July. Now a second strike will happen on Tuesday 14 October.
Once again. Unison is co-ordinating the action with the other local unions involved. We will be organising picket lines on all Council workplaces, to be followed up with a rally in Coventry City Centre (details to be confirmed).
Please ask all your colleagues to respect the democratic decision made by Unison members to take strike action and do not cross our picket lines on the day.
Anyone with questions about the action can speak to your local steward or phone Branch Office – 02476 550829 – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Reasons to go on Strike
- We can’t afford another pay and pension cut
The current government offer leaves most workers with pay worth almost 20% less than in 2010. Falling pay also means loss of pension for the rest of your life.
- We are worth fair pay for the work we do
Our pay and conditions are the worst in the public sector – from top to bottom.
- Taking another pay cut won’t save jobs and services
Despite a pay freeze, 1,000 further jobs cuts are planned by Coventry City Council. Services continue to be stripped to the bone, privatised or stopped all together. There’s no reason to believe a pay cut will stop this.
- All this will continue unless we act now
Low pay is bad for workers and bad for the economy. That’s why politicians from all parties are calling for an end to low pay. Many local government workers rely on benefits to pay bills. Right now, the taxpayer is subsidising local government to pay poverty wages.