UNISON’s Pay up Now campaign is calling for an end to the pay restraint imposed by UK and Scottish governments which has affected members in all service groups from the NHS to Local Government to colleges and universities to police staffs and the community and voluntary sector and more
The branch is fully behind the campaign and is calling on all our members to get down to the March and Rally on 7th October in Edinburgh. Buses are running from Aberdeen and you can book your place by calling the UNISON Resource Centre on 01224 620624.
Branch Secretary, Inez Kirk said, “For years now all public service workers have seen their pay held back by government in the name of austerity. First a freeze then a cap, resulting in public sector pay, across the UK, rising by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 while the cost of living rose by 22%.
“That’s no way to treat hardworking people who play such a vital role in looking after us and holding our communities together – keeping us safe, healthy, educated, and cared for.”
Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair added, “Governments, both in Scotland and UK, are now under real pressure to scrap the 1% cap on public sector wages and UNISON is leading the fight to get you the pay rise you deserve.
“And more and more people are listening and supporting our Pay Up Now! campaign.
“Now it’s up to us, in UNISON, to keep that pressure on until we get:
- an end to the pay cap
- government money made available for an immediate pay rise for all public sector workers
- an end to government interference in bargaining arrangements for all public sector pay.
“We can’t miss this opportunity. They won’t pay up if we don’t speak up. So, please get involved in our campaign and help us win by keeping the pressure on to scrap the cap.”