Local government and school staff strike suspended

West Sussex County Council Unison members on strike in Chichester earlier this year over pay
West Sussex County Council Unison members on strike in Chichester earlier this year over pay
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THE national strike of local government and school support staff planned for Tuesday, October 14 has been suspended.

Industrial action was due in the Observer area next week but that has now been put on hold.

The NJC employer-side has made a new offer to UNISON members, details of which are due to be released shortly.

The NJC Committee (made up of elected lay representatives who have the final decision in these matters) has agreed to put that offer to UNISON members in a consultative ballot to inform the way forward.

This does not mean that the strike is cancelled, UNISON has insisted.

But it is suspended pending consultation with members on the new offer so members have been asked not to take industrial action on October 14.

Letters from UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis are being sent to all members covered by the industrial action.

UNISON West Sussex branch secretary Dan Sartin said: “I would like to thank each UNISON member in our county who took action on July 10 and those who were preparing to do so on October 14.

“Undoubtedly their action has brought the national employers back to the table when they had consistently refused to negotiate.

“We await details of the new offer, and will be making arrangements within the Branch to conduct a consultative ballot so members can decide the way forward.”

The TUC demo ‘Britain deserves a payrise’ on Saturday October 18 is still on. The West Sussex branch has two coaches going, picking up from Worthing, Chichester, Horsham and Crawley.