Voting yes to strike action does not necessarily mean that we will take strike action – it gives the union a mandate to do this if we need to.

There are countless examples where such an outcome is enough to bring the employers back to the negotiating table with a better offer.

The realisation that its staff have had enough of being taken for granted, and are willing to take industrial action to rectify that, is often enough.

A vote for industrial action is a show of unity and strength which will make the employer think twice before it considers making other terms of employment worse or attacking other benefits such as pensions.

If you have received your ballot papers in the post, please let us know when you’ve voted by emailing unison@leeds.ac.uk