The UNISON NJC Committee met on Tuesday 22 July to review the J10 strike and decide next steps in our campaign. It has decided to hold a second day of strike action on Tuesday 30 September rather than the earlier dates suggested. 30th September is the last date local government pay is above the National Minimum Wage. On 1 October, SCP 5 will fall below the new NMW of £6.50 per hour.
The NJC TU Side Executive met on 29 July to discuss coordinating second wave action and further information will follow . The UNISON NJC Committee also agreed to set a date for industrial action in October should there be no movement by the Employers.
Political campaign: Talk to your councilors
It is now critical to apply political pressure alongside and leading up to the next strike if we are to bring the employers back to the negotiating table. The LGA needs a mandate to reopen talks from each of its political groups – Labour, Lib Dem, Conservative and Independent. This means we need members to write or attend surgeries held by their councillors and MPs. We need to pile on the pressure and make sure all elected politicians are aware of the impact falling pay and the falling value of pensions is having on everyone working in councils and schools. There is a model letter on the pay campaign page.