Branch calls for vote to reject derisory pay offer

Brighton & Hove Local Government branch committee unanimously passed a resolution at its meeting on Friday (24th October) calling for members to reject a derisory pay proposal.
Ballot papers are currently going out, asking members to vote on accepting a 2.2% pay rise over two years – which is no better than the original offer which we took strike action over in July.
The resolution says:
This Branch Executive condemns the National decision to suspend the strike planned and organised for 14th October based on the employers latest pay proposals which do not come anywhere near to addressing our pay claim and are nowhere near to even covering the current inflation rate and that expected next year.
This Branch Executive agrees to raise our objections at Regional and National level to the last minute decision to call off the action agreed by members. If the proposals were agreed this would lock the union into taking no action on pay for at least another two years.
We note that the national consultation on these pitiful and derisory proposals is due to commence on 20th October through individual Branch ballots.
This Branch agrees to use all Branch resources necessary to campaign amongst members to urge them to reject the proposals and to return to industrial action if necessary to secure a decent pay rise and to work with other Branches and Regions where possible to achieve a national rejection of the proposals.
We further resolve to actively encourage other Branches in requisitioning a Special Local Government Service Group Conference.

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