Our wages have fallen behind as prices and the cost of living increase.
In real terms we have lost 14% of our salary since 2010.
Now there is a campaign to break the public sector pay cap. UNISON and other public sector unions have put in a 5% pay claim.
But we all need to get behind this campaign to win it.
What you can do to help.
Please sign this Parliamentary petition to get it debated in Parliament. We need 100,000 signatures (currently on 73,000!) https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200032
Write to your MP and Councillors
You can write to your local councillors using UNISON’s easy to use website
To find your MPs contact details please visit
Wear badges and stickers
We have loads of badges and stickers in the union office in International House, please pop over to pick some up. If you are not allowed to wear them at work then wear them on outdoor coats, put stickers on the back of your mobile or the back of your ID badge.
Put posters up at work
We also have posters for union notice boards. Get in touch with us at the union office to get some.
Come on the rally outside Parliament on 17th October
There is a rally outside Parliament. Meeting at the Department of Health at 17:30 and marching down Whitehall for a rally at 6pm. Expect big name speakers like Jeremy Corbyn.
Lambeth UNISON will be heading there after our Branch Meeting earlier in the day.
Rally 11 September from 18:00–19:30
Following the sacking of four union reps at the Ritzy and the suspension of another at Hackney Picturehouse, activists from across the Labour movement have been taking action to support the Picturehouse workers and their Living Wage campaign.
Please join us for a rally at the Ritzy on Monday 11th September with two of the Ritzy campaigns biggest parliamentary supporters: Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood constituency (which contains the Ritzy), who has persistently raised the campaign in Parliament and Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, a shadow minister and firm supporter of trade union rights.
More speakers TBC.
Rally 11 September from 18:00–19:30
The Ritzy cinema has SACKED four trade unionists and is still refusing to pay the living wage.
Lambeth UNISON is backing the boycott of the Ritzy until they reinstate their staff and start to pay the London Living Wage of £9.75 an hour. Continue reading
A story of chaos, u-turns, solidarity & pioneers! Continue reading
Lambeth UNISON and Unite Community branch organised an action outside Olive Morris House on 4 July to call for migrant rights and for our communities in Lambeth to stand together.
Lambeth has one of the largest Portuguese communities outside Portugal, and a large Polish community, alongside many other nationalities of people effected by the vote to leave the EU. An organiser from a Polish community organisation came along to thank us for the action and plans are afoot for more events in the near future. Please get in touch to help.
Unity and solidarity in the months and days ahead will be essential.
Organisers also wanted to send a message of support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a man of principle who is standing up for the rest of us and needs our support.
Photos are online at Brixton Buzz http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2016/07/in-photos-brixton-workers-stage-solidarity-with-migrants-rally-mon-4th-july/
The Friends of Lambeth Library have issued their latest newsletter with important dates coming up.
Lambeth UNISON members organised a rock solid strike across the borough on 22 and 23 March to protest against the closure of four local libraries by Lambeth Council. Pictures and videos below! Continue reading