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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

London local government workers still in the dark about pay proposals

‎When I blogged a few days ago about having at last had sight of a ballot paper in order to consult members on the disgraceful proposals on local government pay I was almost guilty of premature balloting.

Honestly! That never happens to me!

As it turns out, in respect of a process of consultation which - according to UNISON's website commenced five days ago - and in respect of which we must have issued ballot papers to our members so that they are back with us in three weeks - we STILL don't have detailed proposals or a ballot paper (see below).

Suggestions by regular readers of this blog (Sid and Doris conspiracy-theorist) that the lack of prompt attention to the London pay spines was calculated to reduce the consultation response in one of the two UNISON Regions solidly opposed to the squalid capitulation being offered to us are‎ - of course - wide of the mark.

‎It is, however, true that local government workers in London (in all three unions) are still in the dark about the meaning of the "proposals" the existence of which provided the threadbare justification for calling off last week's strike.

Sent: 21 October 2014 17:00
Subject: NJC Consultation Update
Importance: High

Dear Branch Secretary

I am very sorry to report that we have had problems with regard to the interpretation of the NJC pay proposals when applied to London.  We met with the employers today and put forward some proposals designed to resolve these matters.  They have gone away to consider them and will be back with their response as soon as possible, but in any event before the end of the week. 

I am very sorry that this is causing a further delay to the consultation in London, which I know is frustrating.  However it is a complex offer and we need to make sure we have an accurate proposal on which to ballot our members.

Regional Manager
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