Strike letters arrive on the desks of 9,491 employers as union prepares for action


Letters from UNISON arrived at 9,491 employers today, laying out plans for members to strike to protect public sector pensions.

The union received a decisive “Yes” vote after balloting 1.1m members over government ministers’ proposals to make workers pay more and work longer, for less pension.

The letter is a notice to employers of the union’s plan to call to action members from the organisation to take part in discontinuous industrial action from 30 November. Care workers, bin men, nurses, PCSOs and teaching assistants will be among those striking on the TUC Day of Action on 30th November.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Employers will have received our letters laying out plans for workers to take action on the 30th. After a resounding ‘yes’ vote in our ballot, the letters are the next step towards the largest strike in living memory. We will continue to negotiate anywhere, anytime, up to and beyond the Day of Action.  But we still don’t have firm offers in the local government, or the health pension schemes, that we can put to our members.

“Our members are mainly low paid women in caring roles, who are already being hit by job and service cuts and the rising cost of living. These members are not taking action lightly, they do not want to lose a day’s pay, but they have been pushed to the brink and are bearing the brunt of the bankers’ recession.

“There is still time to reach a deal – it is down to government ministers and the employers to put firm offers on the table.”

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