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Show them we mean business on the 29th
The best way to bring this dispute to a speedy conclusion is to show we mean business on the 29th.
The first strike day will be crucial in showing the employers how strongly people feel about the insulting 2.5% pay offer.
The employers are due to meet in the week of 11 September and they have to go into that meeting knowing that they have to respond to our action.
Having decided to take action, we must now deliver. It is every member's job to make the action as solid as possible in every workplace.
Everyone will benefit from whatever we win. It is not too much to ask that they take part in the fight.
Picketing and Communication
To help you, two leaflets have been produced, one for the public and one for anyone who might be thinking of going into work.
Leaflets, Official Picket Placards and Armbands
What you need to know...
When are we on strike?
When is the next
Who is exempt?
Keep in touch
From 11.00am, pickets should gather oustside the City Chambers for a
briefing on how things have gone.
UNISON has tried to ensure that parents are aware that schools will be
affected. We do not want children put at risk but we cannot be blamed if
the council persists in trying to open schools. We have exempted crossing
guides just in case.
Our claim is for 5% or £500 and a £5 minimum hourly rate.
It is reasonable and the employers can afford it.
The 2.5% offer is less than inflation, less than other public service rises, less than Local Government in England and only half of the going rate across the country.
For six of the last seven years we have had pay deals less than inflation.
It is 11 years since we went on strike over pay.
Is the person next to you a member?
The successes on this page are just some of reasons why everyone at your workplace should be in UNISON.
The union is only as strong as its members - our ability to protect you depends on how many members we have.
Give this to a colleague who isn't in the union. And remind them about who negotiated the procedures that protect them in the workplace.
Ask them whether they would have got any pay rises without the union?
Remind them about...
- representation in grievances, gradings, disciplinaries, health & safety
- free legal help on work issues and free or cheaper advice on many others
- mortgage discounts
- 20% off car breakdown cover
- holiday and insurance deals and much more
Phone 0131 220 5655 to join. You can also join by clicking here.
Free Internet with UNISON
Phone 0870 9009090 for your free unisonfree.net CD now. Quoting membership no.
UNISON is the first union to give free internet access to its members through unisonfree.net.
Free access, free email address, free web space to start your own site. It is for members only and you will need your membership number (contact 220 5655 if you've lost yours),
Voluntary Sector Pay Crisis
Many voluntary sector members have had no pay rise for some years and most are falling behind public sector staff. Voluntary organisations are being forced into cuts.
In an article for the next UNISONNews, Sylvia Crick calls on the council to fulfil its responsibilities to the organisations it funds.
Sylvia says voluntary sector members "will support your fight in whatever way we can. We would appreciate your support over our fight too!".
The views expressed in UNISON News are not necessarily those of UNISON City of Edinburgh Branch or the union.
All articles/comments to John Stevenson, Communications Officer at 0131 220 5655: email
P&P by UNISON City of Edinburgh Local Government & Related Sectors Branch, 23 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN