Now Unite and PCS members vote to join strike

Members of Unite, the country’s largest union, have voted overwhelmingly against the ‘insulting’ one per cent pay offer.
Unite’s local government staff will now join up to two million council workers and teaching staff in taking strike action on Thursday 10 July against the government public sector austerity pay policies.
In addition the PCS civil servants’ union will also be joining the strike
Unite’s members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted by 68 per cent to take strike action and by 79 per cent to take industrial action short of a strike after enduring four years of cuts in real terms.
Unite national officer for local government Fiona Farmer said: “Our members have endured four years of pay cuts in real terms and they have now voted overwhelmingly to strike on 10 July to drive home the message to ministers that ‘poverty pay’ in local government must end.
“The depth of feeling on the pay issue is reinforced by the fact that local government unions, GMB and Unison, and members of the National Union of Teachers are all taking action on 10 July.
“Poverty pay is widespread across local councils – household bills continue to soar, but our members’ buying power is constantly being eroded. The national minimum wage will soon overtake local government pay scales; members are choosing between heating and eating.
“For too long the council workers have been targeted to bear the brunt of the austerity measures that have been imposed by millionaire cabinet ministers since 2010.”

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