Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Tower Hamlets and Havering UNISON branches recommend rejection of the proposals and reinstatement of industrial action
Tower Hamlets UNISON and Havering UNISON have passed the following motion to recommend rejection of the proposals and reinstatement of industrial action:
Motion on Local Government NJC dispute
This branch condemns the decision taken by UNISON’s NJC committee to suspend strike action on 14 October and consult on new “proposals”. We believe that this is a profound mistake that leaves Local Government workers facing further real cuts in pay and undermines the battle against government imposed pay restraint.
The proposal, of a 2.2% increase for most workers over two years with more for the very lowest paid, delivers no more than the 1% already offered for most workers in 2014/2015 and slightly less than 1.2% for 2015/16. It effectively accepts pay restraint not only this year but through the first year of the next government.
We believe that what is proposed cannot be seriously considered as a basis for a settlement:
• 2.2% increase payable from 1/1/2015, covering pay years 2014/15 and 2015/2016.
• Larger increases for the very lowest paid on Spinal column points 5 – 10 (from 8.56% to 2.32%)
• No back pay but unconsolidated payments of £100 for most workers, £150 for scp 8-10 and £325 for scp 5-7.
• Further small unconsolidated payments in April 2015 to bring the amount paid up to the equivalent of 1% for 2014/15
The proposal fails to deliver the Living Wage for the lowest paid – and indeed in those authorities where it has already been achieved the lowest paid could get no increase at all.
Calling off the action just as health workers were set to strike as part of a coordinated week of action leading up to the TUC demonstration “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” on the basis of such a proposal, that the NJC committee themselves could not recommend to members, makes no sense.
1) To recommend rejection of the proposals and reinstatement of industrial action, coordinated with other unions where possible.
2) To use all the resources of the branch to campaign for this in the consultation process
3) To urge regions and branches to exercise their democratic right to recommend and campaign for the same
4) To continue to build solidarity for health workers, civil servants and others still due to take action on pay and to build for the TUC “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” demonstration on 18 October.