Pay consultation ballot is coming

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A consultation ballot is coming on this year’s pay offer! Act Now and ensure we have your up-to-date email address and phone number on our system to ensure you receive your digital voting link.

You can change your details by using the link below or by contacting us at the branch and we will be able to amend them for you.

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The NJC Committee agreed to consult members on the pay offer of a flat rate increase of £1290 (pro rata’d for part-time and term time only workers), from 1 April 2024 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

The consultation will be run using the national digital consultative system. It will open from Wednesday 5 June, and all members for whom we hold a valid email address on our membership system will be sent a personalised voting link by the end of that week (i.e. by the end of 7 June). The digital consultation will close on Friday 28 June.

The consultation will be held on the basis of recommending that members vote to reject the offer as agreed by the NJC Committee.

How will the digital consultation work?

The pay consultation will open with members receiving a personalised email with a voting link to click on – this will take you directly to the webpage where you can vote to ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ the pay offer.

There will be a series of national communications to members to encourage them to vote, and those who have already voted will be dropped from future communications. We also plan to send out a text message during the consultation period so that members can vote from a link in the text message. Members who receive their emails on mobile phones can vote on their mobile devices.

Is the digital voting system secure?

Yes, the digital voting system is secure and confidential, and each member can only vote once. Members must not forward their email with their personalised voting link to any other members – it is only for them. The email will make this clear.

What if members don’t have an email address or a mobile phone number registered with us?

If members don’t have email or a mobile phone number on our membership system then they won’t be sent a personal voting by email. However, they can still vote and take part in the pay consultation. Members will be able to visit the council and school staff (NJC) digital consultation webpage and vote from there.

The only difference is that they will need to verify their membership as each member can only vote once. Members will need to follow a link and enter their National Insurance (NI) Number or UNISON membership number and their date of birth (as recorded on our system) and their surname in order to access their personalised vote.

If they are unsuccessful in this verification they will be directed to call UNISON Direct. UNISON Direct colleagues will be able to access some aspects of the membership data that we hold in order to ensure details are corrected and/or enquiries around eligibility can be raised.

Will new members get a vote in the digital consultation?

All new members who join by 13 June 2024 will get a vote in the consultation. They will be sent their personalised link towards the end of the consultation period.

If any of your work colleagues are not a member of a trade union and wish to participate then they must join asap to ensure they receive a voting link to vote on the pay offer.  Anyone can join Unison by clicking on the following link:

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