Friday, 30 May 2014

Keith Facey says "Vote Yes on pay strike"

You should all be receiving your vote as we go to press, here is the latest news:

Friday 23rd of May. sees the start of UNISON balloting members over Strike Action (after a consultative ballot returned a 70% majority in favour to reject) over the appalling 1% pay offer. If a yes vote is returned then Strike Action is likely to start in July.

Remember also that the UNISON "Spring recruitment drive" is under way now and will last until Friday 23rd of May. It is "our duty" to try and recruit as many people as possible to join the largest public sector UNION in Great Britain. Together we can make a difference. And remember, even if you are retired, you can still play an important role, with a wealth of experience built up over the years. You can impart your knowledge to our future generation to make the "work experience" an enjoyable one. Free from bullying, Free from harassment, Free from sexism and Free to be YOUwhatever you may be, be a UNISON member.

So now we move on to the 2014 pay claim. As you are probably already aware, Nationally UNISON membership voted by 70% to reject the 1% "pay offer" made by the Employers. Now UNISON will move towards a formal strike ballot (starting on 23rd of May), and if a yes vote is returned, Strike Action is likely to commence in July. We are well aware that this action is not to be taken lightly, especially in times of austerity, but enough is enough, we have suffered unprecedented pay freezes but at the same time showing good-will to our employers. We continue to provide decent services to our public and uphold all that is good in Local Government. Despite Government claims that "we are on the mend" and the "recovery" is "well on the way", it is you and me that are paying, and still paying, but we are at breaking point and we cannot continue without a decent pay packet. We provide a good service…..

SO PAY FOR IT  (We're Worth It).

Keith Facey

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