“If the those at the top can’t pay up then one of them should go so we do have money. We don’t need so many big Daddies.”
Anju, The Barnet Group UNISON rep
On a turnout of 70%, 98% agreed with Barnet UNISON’s pay claim and 87% said they were willing to take strike action in favour of the pay claim. The overwhelming majority of these are care and support workers.
Workers in The Barnet Group who are affected by the London Living Wage, having no enhanced rates of pay for working nights, bank holidays or overtime rates were surveyed in an indicative ballot for strength of feeling over these issues. Barnet UNISON’s pay claim was put to them.
Shockingly the lowest paid in The Barnet Group were given no pay rise for the whole of 2023! Paying the new rate of the London Living Wage 6 months after the new rate was announced with no backdate does not help the lowest paid.
The pay claim is:
- Backdate the London Living Wage increase to £13.15 to the 1/11/23 and maintain differentials between other grades in YCB.
- Pay Overtime Rates of time and a half Monday to Saturday and double time Sundays and Bank Holidays.
- Pay enhanced rates of 25% Saturday 6am to 10pm; 50% Sunday all day; 100% Bank holiday (25% = time and a quarter; 50% = time and a half; 100% = double time)
- Pay an increased Rate of time and a third for night working (10pm-6am).
Barnet UNISON hopes that the results of the survey will lead to productive talks where consideration will be given to the demands. If no such consideration will be given we will progress to a formal ballot of these members with a view to taking strike action.
On hearing the results this is what some of our reps had to say:
“It’s a good result for us. Actions speak louder than words. We work so hard, we deserve it. We get no thank you’s.”
Tracy, The Barnet Group UNISON rep.
“It’s time to act. It’s a call from the trenches.”
Pauline, The Barnet Group UNISON rep
“The COVID heroes have spoken. The Barnet Group needs to listen.”
Patrick Hunter, Assistant Branch Secretary for Barnet UNISON
“Most of these workers are skilled workers and yet they have rates of pay which are lower than for unskilled work. Is it because they are women? Is it because they are predominantly Black? If Equalities actually mean something, then this needs to be sorted.”
Helen Davies, Chair of Barnet UNISON.