UNISON members in Local Government and Health make a stand

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UNISON members in Local Government and Health make a stand


UNISON has hailed last week’s strike action by local government and school support workers as an overwhelming success, with more than one million public service workers on picket lines and at rallies in protest over this year's pay offer. Reports in the media spoke of the largest strike in years, with a million people out on the streets. General Secretary Dave Prentis called on the employers to come back to the negotiating table. 
"We are repeating our calls for the local government employers to get back round the table and negotiate a decent pay offer for those workers who have endured four years of pay freezes and below-inflation pay offers as a result of the government’s misguided austerity agenda," he said.  You can find out more here.

UNISON members in Health were out in force across the country on the 5 June, and more campaigning has followed.   The joint union ‘All Together for the NHS’ campaign lobbied MPs at Westminster on 1st July.   On 4th July MPs were lobbied again in their constituencies.  Activists joined with local staff sides and patient groups to get our message across that the public deserve a quality NHS with staff that are well motivated and properly rewarded for the vital work they do.  You can find out more about the NHS pay campaign here



Ending the public sector pay cap could raise millions


The argument that public sector pay rises are unaffordable has been seriously dented by a new report published yesterday. Howard Reed, the highly regarded former IFS economist who now runs Landman Economics, has written Lifting the cap: The economic impact of increasing public sector wages in the UK. You can read a blog post about the new report here.



Worth It merchandise – now available to order


Branches can now order Worth It campaign merchandise including t-shirts, mugs, pens and placards.  To order, all you need to do is visit the Worth It area of the online catalogue here. All the instructions for ordering free or paid for items are in the item description.



‘The Big Bad Wolf Award for Fairytale Contracting’ – Make your nomination to win a prize


Thanks to everyone who has nominated contracts for the “Wolfies” so far.  We’ve had lots and lots of information back from you.  One of the issues so often swept under the carpet is how contracting-out damages service quality and drives down the terms and conditions of workers.  Outsourcing organisations often make fairytale promises at the start of a contract but end up making workers and service users pay for their failures.


To get this issue the recognition it deserves UNISON’s Worth It campaign has set up the ‘Big Bad Wolf Award for Fairytale Contracting” (Or Wolfies for short).


Nominations are being collated into a shortlist and we have something very special planned for the presentation of awards.  Watch this space.....


Best Wishes,


The ‘Worth It’ Team