In light of yesterday’s decision to suspend the strike planned for 14 October 2014, UNISON’s national general secretary Dave Prentis has written to all members affected by these plans.

The first letter is for members in local government generally, while the second is specifically for those in Academies who had only relatively recently been balloted for strike action.

We include both letters below and will of course keep you updated with further news on the new proposals as we get it.

General letter

Dear UNISON member

Planned Local Government Strike on 14 October now suspended

UNISON members in schools and councils took strike action on 10 July to seek an improvement on the local government employers’ 1% pay offer.

The strength of our strike action and our lobbying of councillors and MPs has resulted in the employers now putting forward new pay proposals to settle the dispute.

The proposals have the agreement of all political groups on the Local Government Association (LGA) and now need the approval of councils for them to become a formal offer from the employers.

UNISON, GMB and Unite have agreed to suspend the 14 October industrial action and consult members over the proposals whilst the LGA consults councils. This means you must not take strike action next Tuesday.

Your branch will be in touch with you about the proposals and UNISON consultation arrangements on them in the near future.

Best Wishes

Dave Prentis
General Secretary

Letter for academies staff

Dear UNISON member

Planned Local Government Strike on 14 October now suspended 

UNISON members in the majority of Academies were recently balloted to take industrial action over the NJC pay offer. UNISON members voted overwhelmingly to take strike action.

The strength of our ballot result, the strike in July and our lobbying of councillors and MPs has resulted in the employers now putting forward new pay proposals to settle the dispute.

The proposals have the agreement of all political groups on the Local Government Association (LGA) and now need the approval of councils for them to become a formal offer from the employers.

UNISON, GMB and Unite have agreed to suspend the 14 October industrial action and consult members over the proposals whilst the LGA consults councils. This means you must not take strike action next Tuesday.

Your branch will be in touch with you about the proposals and the UNISON consultation arrangements on them in the near future.

Best Wishes

Dave Prentis
General Secretary