Is industrial action on the cards for social workers?

UNISON members working for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are the first union whose members have voted to go on strike. 


This comes in response to the £1,925 social worker pay offer for 2023-24. 


The results of strike ballots by Unite and GMB are still to be confirmed, but both official bodies have agreed that the pay offer is not satisfactory and have urged staff to reject it too. 


If the pay offer went ahead, those making up to £49,950 would be eligible for the £1,925 increase. Workers on salaries higher than this would be given the equivalent of a 3.88% rise.


For social workers, this would work out to be a 6.4% pay rise. 


UNISON national officer, Matthew Egan said: “Despite doing incredibly important work, staff have endured mounting financial hardship and watched as colleagues have departed for better paid work elsewhere. It’s not hard to see why so many have voted to strike.” 


Unite acting national officer Clare Keogh added: “Local government employers need to recognise that there is growing anger among local government workers about the way they are treated year after year in pay negotiations. If the employers want to avoid industrial action they need to make a much improved offer. It is as simple as that.”


GMB’S national officer, Sharon Wilde shared a similar view: “Simply put, this deal isn’t enough to make up for a decade of austerity, followed by a cost-of-living crisis.”

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