A man dressed as a postbox sits in front of a large group of people holding banners and UNISON flags. The message on the banner is 'Rise up to get pay up'

Council and school staff in East of England begin strike ballot over pay

Nearly 25,000 council and school support staff across the East of England will begin voting today on whether to strike over pay, says UNISON. The wage offer made by employers to local government staff is nowhere near what’s needed to meet rising prices during the cost of living crisis, says the union. UNISON had called […]

Sam holds a Vote Yes placard

Council and school staff ballot opens with a bang

Regional head of local government Sam Leigh guest blogs as our local government pay ballot opens

Council and school workers deserve much more than below-inflation pay offer as strike ballot begins, says UNISON

UNISON will today begin to ballot more than a third of a million council and school staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for strike action over their “inadequate” pay offer. The union is recommending employees – including refuse collectors, teaching assistants and social workers – vote ‘yes’ to strike action. These workers have kept […]

Eastern local government workers launch strike ballot with rallies

Local government workers in the Eastern region are holding rallies this week to launch a strike ballot against employers’ “insulting” pay offer. Council and schools workers are being urged to vote Yes to action against a 1.75% pay offer – 2.75% for the handful of staff on the very lowest pay band to keep track […]