12th Nov 2011
Day of Action for pensions justice on
30th November - More information
"Don't push us around on pensions."
- All out on 30 November!
here for all the action on strike day in Scotland as it happens
here for a poster
UNISON members have delivered a majority 'YES' vote for strike
action to protect their pensions.
Over 1 million UNISON members will join the other 2 million Public
Sector union members on November 30th in the biggest strike Britain
has ever seen. This action will send a clear message to the government
that enough is enough.
Exemptions from Strike Action
If the strike is to be effective, it needs to be hard-hitting
and solid. However it is not the unions' intention to put vulnerable
members of the public at risk.
Life and Limb Cover Branches will consider requests for
exemptions from the employer where there would be a direct danger
to life and limb. Any members requested to cover these services
should contact the Branch.
Special Cases Unison recognises that some members may
suffer long term financial loss from strike action and should
be allowed to work on that day.
- Employees who are currently in their last year of service
who are members of the local government pension scheme.
- Pregnant women who have notified their employer of the expected
date of birth.
- People whose state benefits may be affected if they take part
in strike action. Members should get advice from the Benefits
Office/Citizens Advice Bureau to find out if or how it would
Any members receiving exemptions should consider donating a day's
pay to the strike hardship fund.
The Branch recognises that for some members it can be really
hard to lose a day's pay. We operate a Hardship Fund and members
in genuine financial difficulty as a result of taking a day's
strike action can apply.
To get an application form or to find out more, contact your
steward or the Resource Centre on 01224 620624.
Sick Leave & Pay Workers who are absent on sick leave when
a stoppage of work starts retain their right to sick pay during
the period of strike action. If an employee reports sick on the
day the actions starts, the employer will decide whether they
are on sick leave or on strike.
Annual Leave Unison does not regard anyone who takes annual
leave on strike days to be participating in strike action.
Members whose shift starts on 29 November and finishes on 30 November
will be expected to complete their shift but not to report for
work for the shift starting on 30 November.
All members are expected to participate on the day so contact
us at the UNISON Resource Centre on 01224 620624 to find out more!