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Have your Say - Local Government Pay Offer 2021 FAQ's

The ballot on Local Government Pay runs to midday on 29th November and we encourage all members to make there voice heard. Please vote and encourage colleagues to do the same.

UNISON have prepared some FAQ's around the offer and ballot process. These can be found below.

LG Pay 2021

We are currently dealing with a very high volume of queries relating to the LG pay ballot. We have listed below some of the common questions that have arisen, in addition to those covered by the FAQs (attached).

I haven't received my vote - where is it?

If you have not received an e-mail with your voting link please, in the first instance, check your junk/spam folders. If it is not there and you still have not received it by the end of this week please call 0800 0857857 or log in to MyUnison ( to check that the details we hold for you are up to date.

I don't have an e-mail address on your system/my e-mail address has recently changed - how do I get a vote?

As long as your membership records are updated BEFORE 22nd November 2021 you will receive an e-mail with your voting link. To update your details call 0800 0857857 or log in to MyUnison at

The system doesn't allow me to vote to reject!

It does. The option is to select “vote here” on your e-mail and scroll to the bottom of the ballot page where the voting options are located.

The system is telling me that I have already voted when I haven't - how can I cast my vote?

This is a safety feature to help prevent duplicate voting. We suspect what is happening is that the member has clicked on the link and closed it before voting and the system is then blocking the IP address. Members should clear their cookies and try the link again. It should then work.

To clear cookies check online for advice on the specific device the member is using or for the following steps may assist: On your computer, open Chrome. At the top right, click 'More'. Click 'More tools'. Clear browsing data. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select 'All time'. Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes. Click Clear data.

I have clicked on the ballot link but the page is not loading - how can I vote?

The ballot link is currently experiencing a lot of web traffic and is having difficulty loading for some. It has been brought to our attention and we have raised the issue with customer support. Please try it again later - you have until midday on the 29th November to cast your vote.

I accidentally voted to accept (or reject) when I meant to reject (or accept) - can I change my vote?

No. Members should read the e-mail and ballot link they receive carefully before casting their vote. The vote is anonymous and the system quite rightly does not allow us to make changes to it.

I work in social care and you have just asked me to sign a petition calling for a £2k loyalty bonus and a £2k welcome bonus. If this is what they union is asking for why are you also advising me to vote to accept this offer from COSLA which is for a lower amount?

The 'asks' outlined in the social care petition are for members working in social care in the third and private sector and are unrelated to the pay negotiations for social care members employed by local authorities.

We hope this is helpful

Please do not hesitate to contact the branch directly should you need to.

Best wishes,

Janet Robertson

Branch Secretary

UNISON Falkirk Council

Phone 01324 630082

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