One per cent pay rise “is the worst kind of insult”

Pay us what we deserve

Commenting on the publication of the recommendation, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“No wonder the chancellor had nothing to say about the NHS yesterday [in the budget speech]. A one per cent pay rise is the worst kind of insult the government could give health workers who’ve given their absolute everything over the past year.”

Sara went on to say that “The public will be horrified. Staff will think it’s some kind of joke.”

Unite accused the government of being callous when Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The government’s evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body, due to report in May, saying that it wants the pay of NHS staff pegged at one per cent is callous and takes no account of the public mood.”

Gail went on to say that “During the pandemic, NHS staff were on the frontline 24/7 saving patients’ lives and caring for the dying. More than 620 NHS and social care staff lost their lives to Covid-19.”

Continuing Gail said that “Unite will continue to make the case strongly that NHS staff, deserve an immediate pay rise of £3,000-a-year or 15 per cent, whichever is greater.”

Though she pointed out that “Even this figure won’t start to make up for the 19 per cent decrease in pay in real terms that many NHS workers have lost since the Tories came to power in 2010.”

Bristol Trades Union Council says that Department of Health and Social Care recommendation was one of shame for a morally bankrupt government.

Bristol Trades Union Council and the entire NHS workforce demands that the pay review body, reporting in May, comes up with a much more sensible and realistic recommendation than this laughable suggestion by the government.

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Bristol Waste Pay Dispute

Bristol Waste bins

At it’s meeting on 28th November 2018 Bristol Trades Union Council (BTUC) gave it’s solidarity to the Unions at Bristol Waste as they negotiate a pay claim with this difficult employer.

At the meeting BTUC resolved to support the refuse workers if industrial action is called.

The full text of the solidarity message can be found below

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Capita staff start strike action over pensions

Saturday 28 October 2017 to Sunday 5 November

Following the breakdown of talks at ACAS staff staff at Capita have started nine days of industrial action in a pensions dispute with the outsourcing company.

The dispute centres on Capita’s attempts to close the current defined benefit scheme and transfer staff to a defined contribution scheme.

Unite members are taking nine continuous days of strike action starting on Saturday 28 October 2017 ending on Sunday 5 November.

Unite conducted an industrial action ballot following the proposal to close the current defined benefit scheme. In June Capita informed its employees of significant changes to the pension arrangements. Staff in the scheme will suffer a massive cut in their retirement income as a result of the proposals.

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Lecturers in Bristol Further Education Colleges strike over pay

Lecturers in Bristol Further Education Colleges are holding a one day strike on

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Staff are angry that the employers’ representatives, the Association of Colleges, recommended a pay freeze, despite staff suffering a real-terms pay cut of 17.1% in the last five years. UCU members walked out in November as part of the dispute and are now joined on picket lines by UNISON members.

Three-quarters (74%) of UCU members who voted backed strike action in the union’s ballot at the end of last year. Last week UNISON also backed industrial action with two-thirds (66%) of their members who voted backing the walkout.
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Tolpuddle – 2015

Unison at Tolpuddle

The Bristol Branch of UNISON are running a coach to Tolpuddle on Sunday 19th July 2015

The Coach is open to all with prices and info as below.

Departing Bristol at  08.30 from The Raddison Blu Hotel – central Bristol and 17.30 return departure time from Tolpuddle.

If you are interested in attending please contact the branch office via email bristol.unison@bristolunison.co.uk. Bristol Unison will confirm if there is a place and send details of how to pay either by cheque or BACS but it must be before the day.

Cost of tickets are as follows:
£5 – UNISON Member
£10 – Member of another union
£15 – non Union Member