Unison is gearing up for an overwhelming yes vote in its ballot for strike
action over local government pay despite the employers' latest attempt to persuade workers to accept the 3% pay deal by spending a substantial amount of money on newspaper adverts.
workers to vote against strike action. A fighting fund has been set up with
contributions from all councils to fund the campaign.
Unison's head of local government Heather Wakefield said: 'This is an interesting
waste of taxpayers money. They [employers] have asked councils to contribute
to the cost of the newspaper adverts and I don't imagine that they have
consulted local taxpayers on whether or not their money should be wasted
on such things.'
She added: 'The fact that they feel the need to get councils to go directly
to our members shows that they are worried. They have also employed scare
tactics in some places worrying our members about their pension entitlements
which I think is a step too far.'
Unison is confident that members will vote for industrial action on 5
July and believe this latest move has only strengthened the resolve of its
An emergency motion on pay at the conference rejected the call for a national
demonstration in London to coincide with a day of industrial action. But
members intend to galvanise more support for local pickets to keep up the
pressure on their individual councils.