The main discussion at the Unison Health conference (16-18 April) was the current pay offer.
24 hours before delegates debated the issue, the ballot was sent out to members with a recommendation from the leadership for acceptance. After this undemocratic move the debate was fairly meaningless, but anyway, a 65:35 majority stuck with the position of the executive.
The basics of the deal are a three-year, below-inflation, pay ″rise″, with additional increases for some through abolition of band 1 and a reduction of increments, alongside a step towards performance related pay. It’s a shoddy and divisive offer, which dilutes rather than builds up the industrial strength of the union, but the leadership argued the negotiations had broken the pay cap and won big gains for the lowest paid. We should oppose the leadership and fight for better.
The ballot closes on the 5 June.