Pay: Join the lobby on 17 October

Make sure the politicians hear our call to Pay Up Now! – at Westminster and online

Our Pay Up Now! campaign is putting real pressure on MPs and the government in Westminster to end the pay cap for all public sector workers, and give everyone the pay rises they need and deserve.

That is why UNISON is calling on as many members as possible to join the UNISON / TUC joint lobby of Parliament on 17 October.

We are targeting English and Welsh MPs, especially Conservatives, to tell them our stories.

General secretary Dave Prentis is calling on as many English and Welsh branches as possible to get members down to London. Members in Scotland and Northern Ireland are working on their own plans to influence their politicians and decision makers.

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget is only a few weeks away on 22 November.

“This is our chance to deliver a real show of force and win better pay deals for everyone affected by the cap,” says Dave Prentis. “We need UNISON members and activists – especially from those seats with Conservative MPs – to come to Westminster.”

As well as the lobby, the day will include major rally in Parliament Square, where Dave Prentis will be one of the speakers.

“We need a big turnout from branches and activists to join with those from across the country and other unions after the rally and make your voices heard,” he says.

“We want the largest possible presence from UNISON at the rally, to show that members from across public services are standing together to demand a pay rise for everyone.”

• The union’s parliamentary petition calling on the government to lift the pay cap and Pay Up Now! surged past the 100,000 signatures mark today.

Which means it will be considered for debate – but there’s no guarantee – so keep the signatures coming and let MPs know how strong the call for action on pay is.

Sign the Pay Up Now! petition to MPs