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Unison targets pay freezes by smashing up 'block of ice'


A leading union will turn up the heat on the government’s public sector pay policy today by smashing up a giant block of ice in the shape of a pound sign amid warnings of fresh strikes.

Unison will open its national conference with a fresh attack against wage freezes and caps for health, council and other public sector workers.

The union’s general secretary, Dave Prentis, will take a hammer to a metre-high block of ice during the opening session of the conference in Bournemouth.

The pay of local government workers has been frozen for three years, while public sector employees face having wage rises capped at 1% a year for the next two years.

Delegates will argue this week that workers are seeing “substantial” cuts in their disposable income, with no guarantee that all public sector employees will even receive the “miserly” 1% award.

Pay will be a major theme of Mr Prentis’s keynote speech to the conference today.

He will say: “The pay freeze has been devastating for public sector workers and their families. It cannot go on and we will not let it go on. Our demand is for decent pay.

“We will smash the pay freeze. If we cannot win fair pay through negotiation, we will fight it through strike action if necessary.”

Unison has been heavily involved in the long-running dispute over the government’s controversial pension reforms, which have sparked a series of national strikes.



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  • it is not a pay freeze it is acost of living rate we have not been given to it is a pay reduction, then pensions pay cut. STOP TALKING ABOUT A PAY FREEZE IT IS A PAY CUT. Your life and the bank managers are safe in our hands and their money with pay rises tax cut is also safe in their wallets.
    It is good to care for the better of gives them more energy to be greedy and rip off those who care for them

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  • unison may also like to have a go at the NMC who are also trying to rip us all off

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