Heather Wakefield, head of Unison’s Local Government Service Group, has announced (on Facebook and Twitter the hashtag is: #njcpay2014) a day of lunchtime protests over pay on Tuesday 4 February. Here is what she has posted on Facebook:
“On 4 February, UNISON is calling a Day of Protest over local government pay and cuts. We are asking all branches to ‘down tools’ at lunchtime and do whatever you can/want to let the public know why we deserve an extra £1 an hour and who is to blame for the cuts. This is the moment when we say ‘no more’! Join us.”
Heather has responded to a comment on the thread with more info as follows:
“we are calling this lunchtime protest as the Local Government Employers consult councils over their pay offer to us and as councils make budgets which will result in tens of thousands more redundancies and cuts to services. We are asking UNISON branches to work with GMB and Unite members locally to hold local protests/rallies, leaflet the public and make it clear that we will take no more Coalition devastation..It is not strike action. We will receive the Employers’ pay offer in February and will respond to that then!”
This is just a month away. It is a great opportunity to use a national day of action to mobilise NUT members in joint action with support staff.