Update from Unison ref Pay

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Hi All.  Please below the statement from UNISON on the latest pay position. You may see that GMB are taking a different position, however both UNISON and UNITE are very clear that this is a poor deal and that our members deserve far better.

Pay Justice 2016 Bulletin Issue 10.doc

22 March 2016
Issue Number 10

Developments on NJC pay and GMB Bulletin

This bulletin is to update you on recent developments on NJC pay and to alert you to a bulletin circulated by the GMB. As you will know, 64% of members voted to reject the LGA’s two-year pay offer.

At its meeting on 23 February, the NJC Committee decided that we should approach the LGA to explore the possibility of a single-year deal, but with certainty about the timetable for completion of the review of term-time working andthe pay spine.

Having consulted GMB and Unite, who both agreed to UNISON’s proposal to approach the LGA on this basis, the proposal was put to the employers. They are meeting on 1 April to consider our proposal.

Since then, GMB members have voted by 9-1 to accept the two-year offer. Unite have rejected it by 87% and have decided that they will consider targeted selective action alongside the other unions. GMB have made it clear that, in the light of their
consultation results, they are not prepared to take industrial action.

The NJC Committee has submitted a request to the Industrial Action Committee for a ballot for all-out strike action which will be considered after the LGA meets on 1 April.

The NJC Committee held a further meeting on 18 March to take stock of the situation and re-affirmed the proposal to pursue a one-year deal with the employers. Disappointment was expressed at the GMB’s acceptance of the offer.The Joint Trade Union Side Executive met after the 18 March NJC Committee.

Unite and UNISON sought support from the GMB to pursue our proposal with the LGA -which GMB initially agreed to – of a one-year deal with agreed completion dates for the review of term-time working and the pay spine.

Rather than act in a spirit of unity, GMB has instead sent out a bulletin, which attempts to construe ourselves and Unite as responsible for disunity on the Trade Union Side. This is unhelpful in the run-up to the LGA’s meeting on 1 April.

We are working with Unite to pursue our proposal with members of the Employers’ Side and will keep you updated about any developments.

Important information regarding pay claim consultation – ballot papers going out.

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Over the next few days Coventry City Unison members on national terms & conditions will be receiving ballot papers regarding the current pay claim from April 16. The employers are offering us a paltry 2 per cent deal over 2 years (1 per cent per year). Bearing in mind that a report out today from the TUC shows that in the West Midlands average pay in real terms is worth £38 per week less compared to 2008 and when there is more stress and pressure in the work place UNISON feels this is not good enough.

There will be full information included in the covering letter with the consultative ballot paper. You will see that the recommendation from UNISON (and our colleagues in UNITE) is to reject the deal.

In a slight change to the norm, as well as being able to choose whether to accept or reject – those choosing rejection will also be able to tick up to 3 boxes. These are reject with – all out strike action, selective action, action short of a strike.

Your local reps would recommend the offer is rejected and all three boxes are ticked. This will give more strength to our negotiators to try and get a better deal.

Remember this is a consultative ballot, not an industrial action ballot. We need all members to respond whatever your view is so the national union can get an accurate picture of what we as members think.

**  If you have recently changed address and/or would like to update email/phone contact details, please email our branch office – office@unisoncoventry.co.uk so your records can be updated.  This will allow us to keep you fully informed of what’s going on at Coventry City Council. **

As ever any comments or questions get in touch.