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Local government Unite members to vote on strike action after 'insulting' pay offer

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Local Government

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An "insulting" pay offer has triggered a vote on strike action by local government members of Unite. The country’s largest union said its members are fed up with being the "whipping boys" of the coalition's austerity policies.

The 1% pay offer was rejected in a consultative ballot by a 90% margin. Unite will now hold a ballot asking its members whether they wish to take strike action. The ballot will open in early June and the result will be known later that month.

Unite national officer for local government, Fiona Farmer, said: "Our members have decisively rejected the insulting pay offer of 1% and send a very strong message to local government employers that they need to increase their offer.

"Local government staff have been the whipping boys for the coalition’s austerity policies for the last four years, and, as a consequence, services used by some of the most vulnerable in society have been viciously pruned back.

"Poverty pay is becoming endemic across local councils and we are seeking a £1 an hour increase across the board for local government workers.”

Unite has about 70,000 members in local government carrying out such jobs as refuse collection, school support and care services.

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