Local government workers in Unison today overturned the leaderships sellout of the pay dispute. Unison Special Conference voted on motions to re-open this year's pay claim and passed the motions by between 62% and 68%. The motions called for a fight for the living wage and equivalent flat rate increase for all workers, in the run up to the general election and the first year of a new government.
The leadership of our union will now have to act on these motions.
It is crucial now that those branches central to this and the left launch a campaign to rebuild branch activity around pay. We have to learn the lessons from the northwest organising against the bureaucracy and coordinate branches without fear of leadership backlash. Now is the time to build a branch based rank and file of local government workers not just in Unison but with other unions too.
Marshajane Thompson (Havering Branch sec /london region delegate)
Ruth Cashman (chair Lambeth unison/ delegate)
Andrew Berry (Islington unison / disabled member delegate)
Tim Nelson (North Somerset delegate)
Ed Whitby (Newcastle unison convenor/delegate)
Vicky Perrin (NEC and delegate)
Glenn Kelly (Bromley branc sec / delegate)
Sarah Feeney (West Midlands regional delegate)
all in a personal capacity obviously