It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of the passing of two long standing UNISON activists, Hitesh Patel and Roger Lewis.Continue reading
Lambeth UNISON achieved a brilliant turn out in the pay consultation for 2022 with a 69% turn out. We voted by 80% to reject the pay offer. Lambeth UNISON’s Branch Committee encouraged members to reject the pay offer as it was below inflation and represented a pay cut to every member no matter which grade they were on.
The break down for turn out by directorate is below – every directorate got more than 50% turn out which is excellent! Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to help call members and encourage them to vote.
Adults & Public Health 57%
Childrens’s Social Care 75%
Finance and Investment 60%
Legal and Governance 56%
Resident Services 69%
Strategy and Coms 83%
Make sure your email and postal addresses, phone numbers and employer are up to date on my.unison.org.uk
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This is the pay offer of £2355 for inner London Council’s and what it looks like as a percentage of your current salary and the level of kind of pay cut based on RPI indexed inflation of 14.5% (July 2022)
|Salary £||Percentage||Compared to inflation |
(level of wage cut)
|22416||10.51||– 3.99||SCALE 1/2|
1 What is the pay claim?
Every year all the major unions in Local Government (UNISON, GMB, Unite) meet with the employers to submit a new wage claim. This happens at the National Joint Council (NJC) where unions meet with leaders of Local Government. Due to the cost of living crisis the unions submitted a pay claim for every worker in Local Government to get a minimum of £2000 pay increase or linked to RPI inflation (whichever is higher).
2. Will the employers accept this?
It is unlikely that they will accept it, they might come back with an offer of 3%-5% for instance.
3. That sounds good? Better than what I have had recently!
If we accept an offer of 5% with inflation at 11% then that will be a 6% pay cut in real terms.
4. What did we get last year?
Last year we were offered 1.75% and we balloted for strike action but nationally the turn out was too low so we ended up having to accept it. The 1.75% ‘increase’ was wiped out by the rise in National Insurance Contributions so many people didn’t really get much of a pay rise at all, not even counting inflation.
This was on the back of a decade of real term pay cuts which has seen all local government workers lose around 25% of their pay in real terms.
5. So what is the next step?
We are waiting for the employer to get back to us with their counter offer. Once we get that the plan we are likely to move straight to a ballot on industrial action.
6. Tell me more about the strike ballot
This will be an official ballot for industrial action. It will be by post as that is required by law so you cannot vote online. If we are balloted then everyone must fill in their ballot and then return it before the deadline. We need to get at least a 50% turn out with a resounding yes vote to be able to take action in pursuit of our claim.
7. Will this be a national ballot?
This will be a disaggregated ballot, which means that it will be employer by employer. This means if we get a solid vote in Lambeth then we can take action alongside other branches that also met the threshold of a 50% turn out.
8. What if I don’t really want to strike though?
Once all the petitions have been handed in and all the emails to MPs have been sent and the negotiations with the employers have hit a brick wall, the only thing that they will listen to is workers fighting back with their ultimate weapon, to withdraw their labour. Every serious gain that we have made as workers, from the weekend to eight-hour days to sick pay to holiday entitlement has been from sticking together and fighting together. That is what a union is all about.
If we strike it will mean a fight to force an increase from the government – we will be taking action the same as the railyway workers, postal workers and others across the economy who simply cannot take it any more and need our pay to reflect the cost of living.
UNISON also has strike pay of £50 a day which you can claim if we do strike.
The more important question might be – can you afford not to strike? Will you settle for a 4% pay increase given the huge problems of inflation?
9. How can I help?
Update your details on http://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison to make sure your address is up to date. If your postal ballot goes to the wrong place then that might mean you lose your ability to vote.
Recruit your workmates to UNISON, tell them about the pay campaign and what we are doing to help improve lives for workers.
Offer to help with ring rounds or workplace meetings – we need to speak to every member of the branch who is being balloted and make sure they have voted. This means we need volunteers to help call 5-10 people each and confirm they have voted so we can check them off the list. Please contact Simon or Jocelyn (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) to offer to help out.
Local government workers deserve higher pay! Here is how we can get this campaign started before any potential ballot for strike action.
1 Email your local councillor
Local councillors can voice their support for a pay rise for council and school staff directly with local government employers. Please email your councillor and convince them to use their influence to support the pay claim. We’ve created a ready to send email that you can send at the click of a button, just visit:
2 Ask your colleagues to join UNISON
We’re stronger together. Check if your colleagues are members of UNISON and if they aren’t, show them how they can join – it only takes 5 minutes: join.unison.org.uk
3 Make sure your details are up to date
Check MyUNISON to make sure that we have the right contact information for you, as you don’t want important information on this campaign to go to the wrong place. You may be balloted by post and if your address is wrong then you could lose your chance to vote!
Head to: http://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison
4 Follow us on social media
Check out our facebook and twitter profiles to have your say on pay and get all of the latest up to date information on this campaign.
twitter.com/LambethUNISON – remember to mention #WeNeedMore
5 Prepare for the consultation
Make sure you’re ready to have your say when we ask for your view on the final pay offer. Talk to colleagues and really think about the pay rise you need so you can make an informed decision on whether to accept the offer or not. We might be offered 4% – but with inflation at 11% do you want to accept what is in effect a 7% ay cut?
Here is the motions booklet for AGM 2022 [Word file]
If you disagree with any of these and want to propose alternatives then you need draft an alternative motion and submit it to GWHITING@LAMBETH.GOV.UK by Friday 18th February. We have a rolling AGM this year in three parts so we are not doing amendments, if you want to amend a motion then you must make the changes you want to one of these proposed motions and submit it by Friday 18th February
Ballot papers are being dispatched to your homes as we launch the fight for the 10% pay increase we all deserve.
Local government workers have had enough and it is time to stand up and be counted. We have lost 23% of our pay since 2010. Enough is Enough
We have had a message of solidarity from the Lambeth Labour Group backing our fight for decent pay.
For more information on the ballot please visit our campaign website.
Look our for your ballot papers – they will come in an envelope marked IMPORTANT YOUR VOTING PAPERS ENCLOSED
Please vote as soon as you get your ballot papers. Email Ruth Cashman at Rcashman@lambeth.gov.uk to confirm you have voted so we don’t have to contact you separately!