UNISON and the WASPI campaign

 
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UNISON champions fair pensions for all public sector workers. We’ve linked up with WASPI(Women against state pension inequality) to achieve pension justice for women who have been unfairly penalised by the equalisation of the state pension age with no fair transitional arrangements.

For decades the state pension age (SPA) for women was 60. An increase to 65, to be phased in between 2010 and 2020, was included in the Pensions Act 1995, but five years ago the coalition government pushed through a speeding up of the process. The SPA for women is instead increasing to 65 between April 2016 and November 2018, then 66 by October 2020. Many women say they had always expected to receive their pension at 60, and then discovered their SPA had increased by perhaps four, five or even six years. Amazingly, the government did not write to any women affected by the rise in the pension ages for nearly 14 years after the law was passed in 1995. The result is that hundreds of thousands of women say they didn’t have enough time to make alternative plans. A 62 year old gave evidence to MP’s and stated that her two SPA increases “represent a financial loss of approximately £30,000 from my planned old age”. The WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) Campaign is a grassroots campaign set up by women affected by the changes to SPA. The Northern Region has really embraced and supported the campaign. Pat Ormston, a member from Newcastle City Branch contacted Pat Heron, Chair of the Women’s Network. Pat Ormston addressed the Women’s Network and was then invited to address the Regional Labour Link committee. Because of the work of our Region UNISON nationally picked up and supported the campaign. THE AIM OF THE CAMPAIGN IS: The campaign aims to achieve fair transitional SP Arrangements for all women born in the 1950’s who are affected by the change to the state pension law. This should be a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income until State Pension Age is met, it should not be means tested and there should be an element of compensation for those women who have already reached their SPA. The WASPI Campaign is not asking for the SPA to revert back to age 60.

At the National Delegates Conference in Brighton this June, UNISON passed the motion to join the campaign.

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Following the Unison members' vote by 91% to accept the pay offer we will advise the employer of our decision. Unfortunately we have to wait till the other 2 unions complete their consultation process. GMB are recommending acceptance of the offer (they delayed this consultation till now and won't complete it till near the end of February) and Unite have consulted and voted narrowly to reject the offer (they are now considering whether they should hold a 'statutory' ballot for strike action and whether they would be able to deliver effective action). Unison members by far out number the other 2 unions but we respect their right to complete their consultations. Unfortunately this will delay the timescale for paying out the pay rise. As soon as we have any more details we will let you know. ...

2 weeks ago

Unison Dumfries & Galloway

Pay offer acceptPress Release:

UNISON members overwhelmingly vote to accept pay offer for council workers

UNISON, the largest union in local government, have today informed COSLA that their members have overwhelmingly voted to accept the pay offer for local government workers.

The move follows a consultative ballot of UNISON Scotland local government members in which 91% voted in favour of the deal and in record numbers. UNISON’s ballot closed on Thursday 31 January.

Results of the ballot were announced at UNISON Scotland’s Local Government Committee today (Friday 1 February).

The pay offer would deliver 9.5% cost of living increase over three years: 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the living wage, putting more money in the pockets of lower paid council workers, something UNISON has been campaigning on for years.

It also provides a commitment to re-open negotiations in the event of another local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement. The award will be backdated to 1 April 2018.

UNISON Head of local government Scotland Johanna Baxter said: “This is a great outcome, delivered as a direct result of the campaigning activity and political lobbying efforts of UNISON members up and down the country. The cost of living increases meet current and projected levels of RPI and we have secured commitments to fully consolidate the living wage and maintain parity across the local government workforce. Our members have been waiting on a pay increase for over a year now so look forward to receiving their increase soon."

UNISON chair of local government committee in Scotland Mark Ferguson said: “UNISON has campaigned hard to get the best deal we can for local government workers. While the offer does not make up for the many years of austerity, the offer, and particularly the commitment to consolidate the Living Wage, provides important safeguards for our lowest paid members.

"We will work to ensure this is properly delivered and local government workers will now receive back dated money in their pay packets in coming months.”

Notes:
- The improved pay offer has come after months of campaigning and negotiations by the SJC trades unions.
- The offer would deliver cost of living increases of 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the Living Wage and provides for negotiations to be re-opened in the event that any other local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed with the SJC trade unions.
- Read COSLA offer letter here: Formal SJC Pay Offer 191218
- UNISON are the largest trade union in Scottish Local Government – representing 80,000 local government workers across the
country – and the largest trade union in the UK.
Local government workers have endured a decade of austerity with job cuts, and a decade real terms pay cuts.
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Pay offer accept

The online ballot closes Bert soon - if you haven't already voted please make your opinion count - vote!

You can vote on the revised pay offer here:-
unison.tfaforms.net/56 or you can phone 0800 0857 857.

Please note you will need your membership number or National Insurance number.
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The online ballot closes Bert soon  - if you havent already voted please make your opinion count - vote!

You can vote on the revised pay offer here:-
https://unison.tfaforms.net/56 or you can phone 0800 0857 857.

Please note you will need your membership number or National Insurance number.

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Reject a 3% rise. But accept a 3 5% rise😕.

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