2 September 2012
Pay – and a hot autumn
There are just a few days left in the NUT teachers’ union ballot for strikes over pay and conditions. Voting closes on Thursday 6 September.
The ballot is aimed at giving the NUT a mandate for action in the autumn. The NUT’s pension strike vote is still live, while the NASUWT teachers’ union has live ballot results that will allow it to stage strikes in the autumn too.
Unison members in higher education will ballot for strike action over pay, with the ballot running from 12 September to 2 October.
The union leadership is recommending a Yes vote. Higher education employers have offered a pay ‘increase’ of just 1%, and no guarantee of a living wage – an offer that has been rejected.
The conference of the UCU lecturers’ union voted for its executive to support coordinated national strike action over pensions with other unions in the autumn. This should mean it joins the PCS civil service union and the NUT and NASUWT teaching unions in action.
After heavy campaigning by union leaders urging a yes vote, members of the Unite and Unison unions in local government have voted to accept a shoddy deal over pensions. Unison members voted by 90% to accept, while the Unite figure was lower at 84%.
These results follow the 95% Yes vote on the deal in the GMB ballot.
There is better news from the FBU firefighters’ union, where control room members of the local government pensions scheme voted by 90% that the 2014 LGPS proposals were ‘unacceptable’ – notably this followed a recommendation to reject the deal by the union’s leadership.
The FBU members also voted by 87% that the union should continue pursuing access to a specific fire service pension scheme for control room staff.
The prison officers’ POA union also voted to reject the government’s pension proposals by 88%.