Unison has rejected an increased pay offer from local government employers and now seems certain to ballot members on industrial action.
The union said it would not be recommending the 2.475% offer – up from 2% – to members and its local government pay negotiators had sought authorisation for a strike ballot from Unison’s industrial action committee.
Employers representing English, Welsh and Northern Irish councils increased their offer last month after six months of negotiations, and with Unison, the largest local government union, threatening a strike ballot.
Unison’s industrial action committee will meet shortly to decide on the ballot.
Fellow unions GMB and Unite are yet to comment on their position.
Unison set to ballot on 2% pay offer