Enough is Enough – Vote YES.

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As a Coventry City UNISON branch member, you should have received your ballot papers for the 2021/22 pay claim in the post recently, or you will receive one very soon. 

Our Branch is supporting the position of the national and regional union and urging members to vote Yes for Strike Action.  

VOTE YES!

UNISON knows going on strike is not something you do lightly. Your job is incredibly important, and people rely on you.  But your employer has made you, and other council and school workers, an unfair offer. 1.75% might sound like it’s better than nothing – but with inflation well above 3%, it’s a real-terms pay cut.

This year, every pound in your pay packet will really count. 

This comes after a decade of declining pay. The value of your pay is now 25% lower than it was in 2010!

Year after year, it’s been chipped away. Unless we say ‘enough!’, your pay will fall further, and those holding the purse strings will get away with it. 

It’s time to take action.   

We need as many members as possible to vote, over 50%, and we urge you to vote yes to strike.   

  • Inflation is increasing with everything from gas, electric, petrol, and food going up, they are increasing National Insurance and yet only want to offer 1.75%, it’s a huge slapdown given we have helped keep things going through the pandemic.
  • They are doing this whilst many MPs have second jobs with huge salaries, yet think it’s ok for council workers to get worse off year after year. 
  • A strong vote for strike action can force them to think again, they need to know we are serious about our pay.  

It is more important than ever that we build the strength of our union. We are asking all of our members one thing, ask at least one of your colleagues to join us in UNISON. If they join before the 4th of January, they will be entitled to vote in the ballot. 

No Ballot Paper?
If you have not received your ballot papers, you can call our UNISONdirect helpline from the 14th of December. The lines are open from 6am until midnight Monday to Friday and from 9am until 4pm on Saturday. Call them free on 0800 0857 857

Vote YES! for action on #pay. Members working in Councils and schools are voting on #strike action.

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Members in the City Council and in schools will receive a letter and voting papers through the post from the 1st December and papers MUST be sent back so we receive them by the 14th January.

We are asking people to vote for strike action and we know that this is not something you do lightly; it is always our last resort. But, you have been offered a 1.75% pay increase, which in real terms is a pay cut – inflation is well above 3%. After years of declining pay, enough is enough – it’s time to take action.

This is your decision on pay. Use your vote and #VoteYes

For further information go to unison.org.uk/LGpay

Request a replacement ballot paper by 10th January by calling UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857

#Council & #School Staff deserve a Pay Rise.

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Council staff who kept local services and schools running deserve a real pay rise…Staff working for councils and in schools are worth more than the 1.75% pay offer put forward by employers after working through the worst of times

The consultation…
Nationally, members in local government were asked to vote on the employers’ pay offer of 1.75%, and 79% voted to reject it.

As a Branch, 91.2% of the members who voted, rejected the offer.

Disappointingly, our turnout figures meant that if this consultation was a formal Industrial Action Ballot, we would not have met the threshold for action even though the number of people rejecting it was clear.

We really need everyone to have their say on pay and are encouraging everyone to vote in the upcoming Industrial Action Ballot.

Thank you…
As a Branch, we would like to thank everyone who voted in the consultation but we encourage many more of you to do so in the Industrial Ballot coming out soon. It really is important as every single vote makes a massive difference.

What is happening next…
UNISON’s NJC Committee, representing 400,000 members in local government in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has agreed to ballot members for industrial action over pay.


Council and school workers have been the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, working tirelessly and often at risk to our own safety to serve their communities.

Meanwhile, since 2010 the value of our pay has fallen in real terms by 25%. The 1.75% pay offer is completely inadequate and UNISON members have made their feelings about it clear.

Work will now begin on preparing for the industrial action ballot, in which UNISON will ask members to vote ‘YES’ to taking action in support of the campaign for better pay.

Keep looking out for more information

Are your details up to date?
It is now vital that the details we hold for you are correct. We especially need to know if your job, workplace, or your postal address has changed. It is also crucial for us to be able to contact you either by phone or more importantly, by email.

If you would like to check your details, please contact UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857, call the branch on 02476 550 829 or visit www.unison.org.uk/my-unison where you can check and amend your details online.

Update for #Coventry City #UNISON members on #Pay claim 2021 / 2022

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The pandemic has exposed to even more people who the real key workers are in society. Ordinary people, across the public and private sector, have kept society functioning.

#UNISON, alongside the other trade unions, submitted a pay claim of 10% in local government. To put that into context – our pay has dropped by up to 18% in real terms since 2010. So 10% would go towards the money that we have lost out on.

The employers have come back with a measly 1.5% pay offer. This is at a time when the Retail Price Index measure of inflation for May 2021 3.3%, so another real term pay cut!

UNISON correctly rejected this offer as being an insult and far below what we are worth. Today the employers have come back with an increased offer – of an extra 0.25%, taking it to 1.75%. This is an absolute disgrace and nowhere near what our members need. It is in reality a pay cut in real terms.

After everything that has happened – we are worth more than this. Some may ask, is the money there? The facts speak for themselves – £37 billion on the track and trace system and £2 billion in Covid contracts for Tory donors just for starters.

Council workers deserve a proper pay rise. Its as simple as that. It is not just council workers though – teachers and health workers to name just two other groups of workers are not getting what they need or deserve. We just co-ordinate our campaigning with other sectors who are also under attack. Keep an eye out for further updates, or visit the local government section on the UNISON website.