UNISON members have voted to strike for fair pay this Thursday, 10 July 2014. Here’s the fifth of a series of five reasons why you should join the strike.

Our claim for a minimum of £1 an hour for all is affordable

Political choices can and should be made. Councils are banking savings made from cuts to jobs and pay instead of rewarding hardworking staff. The government claims it has protected schools budgets. Better paid local government workers would bring more money into government through extra tax, national insurance and reduced in work benefits. This would pay for 55% of our claim and government could pass it on to councils.

Please join the strike on Thursday 10 July – don’t go into work, and don’t work from home.