UPDATE 9th October:
The UNISON members' meeting on 5th October was serious and angry. It was representative of all SCC directorates and many diverse services. Members are clearly feeling the squeeze on living standards after 8 years of austerity. Pictured are some of the reps and members who attended.
The UNISON Pay Team have now made a last attempt to get SCC to improve their offer and we are awaiting their response. We believe our latest proposal is fair and affordable.
Whatever the council's response, UNISON will be balloting our members on the final offer to see if you want us to start working towards an industrial action campaign. If you are a member of UNISON, please make sure you respond to this ballot when it arrives. We need at least 50% of our members to vote.
As a result of our ballot (95% voting to reject the council’s offer) and the lodging of a formal dispute, the council agreed to the UNISON Pay Team presenting our case to the PPDC (People, Performance and Development Committee) on Monday (25th September). There was no further offer after our presentation.
Following the lodging of our pay dispute we were covered by the Surrey Advertiser here: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/a-slap-face-union-prepared-13625811
Paul was also interviewed regarding our pay dispute on BBC Surrey Radio, which can be heard here at 42:10 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05f3g3d