Coventry Unison Branch Executive met on Wednesday last week, to discuss the new proposal that has emerged from the national negotiations.
A national consultation process commenced on Thursday 16th October. Stewards considered the proposal and decided to recommend that Unison members in Coventry reject the proposals on the basis that:
* The percentage rise on salary for members is well below the Unison claim for a living wage and a flat rate rise of £1 an hour.
* Members will see receive insignificant financial benefits which do not address the 20% loss in the value of their wages since 2010.
* The two year deal will prevent the union from campaigning for fair pay in 2015/16.
* We should be taking co-ordinated action with other unions.
Your stewards also agreed to support a call for a ‘Recall’ of the Local Government Conference so that member representatives can have a full debate about national pay, the implications of the outcome of national negotiations so far and what steps Unison should now take to defend our pay.
All members are strongly urged to take part in the ballot. The branch will communicate the details of the proposal, and confirm how we will consult members asap. It is likely this will include emails, meetings and postal shots.
Two meetings have been arranged at:
12.30 and 5pm, Thursday 23rd October, United Reform Church, Warwick Road. This will be to discuss pay and the ER/VR negotiations. Please make every effort to attend.
Visit www.unison.org.uk/news/have-your-say-local-government-members-urged or www.coventryunison.co.uk for further information.