Sunday, 23 November 2014

Majority vote to accept the deal, but Unison Special Local Gov Conference has called by 25% of branches

All unions have voted to accept the offer.

In Unison ust under two-thirds voted to accept the deal, which unfortunately was quite likely since:
- action was called off by all three unions
- some union leaderships were already pushing acceptance, but even Unison who held off at first, then didnt recommend rejection despite it being no better than initial offer
- pressure from regions and full timers made it difficult for branches to organise rejection.

But key branches / regions in Unison rejected in North West and London. And GMB and Unite branches in South East and North West were also opposing the deal.

Heather Wakefield from Unison has confirmed that threshold of 25% of branches for special Conference has been reached so  Unison's Local Gov Exec will meet on Wednesday and they will make a recommendation to the NEC to get it organised.


Watch this space for more info.


See below the motion submitted by Manchester Local Government Branch and a list of some of the branches who supported it:


‘Dear Heather
I am writing on behalf of our Branch to requisition a Special Local Government Service Group Conference.
In accordance with UNISON Rule D3.4.11 on xx.xx.xx date our Branch / Branch Executive agreed to call for the requisition of a Special Local Government Service Group Conference to consider the following business:
  • The 2014-2016 NJC Pay Proposals.
  • The decision to cancel strike action on 14th October.
  • The future Pay Consultation protocols in respect of Local Government pay claims.
  • The best means to secure a decent pay increase for Local Government members and to receive and consider all motions from Branches and Regions concerning the above.’
For a Conference to be called Branches representing 25% of the service group membership need to support that requisition within two calendar months.
It appears that target is on the brink of being achieved within one month if it has not already done so.
Clearly some Branches may have also submitted the requisition without letting us know, but the following Branches have indicated to Manchester Branch that they have submitted the requisition:
Blackpool
Birmingham
Bolton
Brighton
Bristol
Bury
Cambridgeshire County
Camden
Cheshire East
Cheshire West
Coventry
Dorset
East Ayrshire
Fareham
Glasgow City
Hackney
Halton
Haringey
Havering
Hounslow
Hull
Hyndburn
Islington
Kensington and Chelsea
Knowsley
Lambeth
Lancashire County
Liverpool
Manchester
Nottingham City
Nottinghamshire County
Oldham
Portsmouth City
Rochdale
Salford
Sandwell
Sefton
Southampton
Southend-on-Sea
Surrey County
Tameside
Tower Hamlets
West Sussex
Warrington
Wirrall
Wolverhampton


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