Major industrial action in prospect in public sector


The government’s offer of a £1,400 (€1620) annual pay increase for health workers has not convinced trade unions. Public services union UNISON has launched a campaign over pay in the health service with a ballot planned for October, while the GMB and Unite trade unions have already begun balloting their members in the health service. The historic ballot over possible strike action by nurses’ union RCN is due to begin on 15 September. Meanwhile, university employees, including non-teaching staff such as cleaners, catering and security workers and library and administration employees, represented by UNISON and other unions, have voted for industrial action and rejected a 3% pay offer from employers. . Local government workers are also being consulted over pay by UNISON and the GMB. The £1925 flat-rate offer would mean an increase of 10.5% for the lowest paid but 6% on average across all pay grades. This is a little short of the trade union demand for £2000 or retail price inflation (currently 11.5%).

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