Council workers’ union claims pay increase of one percent is final straw ahead of strike action across Northamptonshire

A Unison demonstration outside County Hall. ENGNNL00120130926121732
A Unison demonstration outside County Hall. ENGNNL00120130926121732

Council workers across Northamptonshire have voted for strike action next month in a row over pay increases.

Unison regional organiser in Northamptonshire, Gary Looker, said the decision sent a clear message about his members’ views on the proposed one percent rise.

“This year’s local government pay offer of one percent is the last straw.

“After three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by a below-inflation rise in 2013, this final offer has pushed staff to the edge.

“Schools staff and council workers pay’ is now worth almost 20 percent less since the Government came into power.

“A total of 58.7% of UNISON members voted to take action. These members provide essential services to their communities. They regularly give extra and go further to help the people they serve despite services being cut back, staff being made redundant, and staff terms and conditions being stripped back.

“After all these years these hard-pressed staff deserve a decent pay rise. They do the best for us we should do the best by them,” he added.

Similar ballots are being carried out with members of UNITE and GMB and the results will be known at the end of the month.

Strike action by Unison will take place on July 10.