If you’re a member in England or Wales and you work for a council or in a school, you have just two weeks left to vote for strike action.
It’s a critical ballot in our dispute with your employers over pay, and the decision to take strike action is in your hands. Every single vote matters.
You only need to turn on the news for a few minutes, or glance at a newspaper, to be reminded of the scandal of soaring living costs that are damaging people’s lives. Mortgage interest rates have risen to an average of 6.1% and food inflation is stubbornly high at around 16.5%.
This doesn’t just happen for no reason. Political choices, bombshell budgets and a lack of respect for our public services are all to blame and have laid the path to where we are now.
Working people are suffering the most, but the Westminster government is too out of touch to comprehend the huge impact on people’s lives.
That’s why the local government pay offer is far from a good deal – and you can see what it means for you by using our pay calculator.
The whole point of being in UNISON is to work together to get a better deal for public service workers. By sticking to our values, taking a stand and demanding better, we can make a difference in this dispute.
We need all of you to have your say, so we can smash through the restrictive anti-trade union ballot thresholds. And when we do that, we will gain the upper hand in negotiations, draw more attention to our campaign, and have a better chance of securing a fair deal for all local government workers.
So dig out that red envelope, vote ‘yes’ for strike action and remember to send your ballot paper in the pre-paid envelope so it arrives back by Tuesday 4 July.