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Unions urge fresh public sector strikes

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Unison is among backers of a motion at this week’s Trades Union Congress calling for coordinated public sector strikes over pay.

The motion to the congress meeting in Liverpool calls for a campaign to end to the public sector pay cap and to make pay in the sector an issue in next year’s general election campaign.

It urged the TUC to “support lawful industrial action on pay, where possible coordinated across sectors”.

Unison, GMB and Unite members staged a one-day strike over pay on 10 July in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and are due to do so again on 14 October. Scotland is not involved.

The motion said the TUC “condemns the government’s punitive public sector pay policy that has resulted in cuts of up to 16% in the value of staff pay since 2010”.

It also deplored “the increasing use of privatisation and casualisation as a further means of restricting pay, allowing some employers to circumvent minimum wage law”.

A motion due for debate from the National Union of Teachers calls for the creation of a ‘middle tier’ in education so that academies and free schools are managed locally rather than having a direct relationship with the Department for Education.

“Congress believes that its establishment must be based squarely on restoring an appropriate role for local authorities in relation to schools,” it said.

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