Unions vote for another day of strike action across Northamptonshire in protest over pay for council staff

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

Local authority workers across Northamptonshire will be taking part in further day of strike action later this year in protest over pay.

Unison, GMB and Unite unions have voted to run a co-ordinated strike on Tuesday October 14, which follows the previous actiono n July 10.

Workers from Northampton Borough, South Northamptonshire, East Northamptonshire, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough are expected to be involved.

The unions say their members have suffered three years of a pay freeze, followed by a below inflation pay deal, which they say represents fall in pay of nearly 20 percent.

Gerry Looker, UNISON regional organiser in Northamptonshire, said: “These Northamptonshire council workers have sent a clear message to government and council employers that this year’s local government pay offer of 1% has pushed them to the edge.

“Council workers fear their worsening pay is forcing them into debt. Councils’ staff do not need to be economists to see the impact of rising inflation on their weekly shopping basket as the Retail Price Index jumped to 2.6 percent in June far above the local government employers one percent pay offer,” he added.

“After years of pay freezes and a below inflation deals what council workers can put in their weekly shopping basket has grown less and less. The risk of these workers households falling into debt is rising. The expectations of a Bank of England interest rate rise this year would see increasing mortgage rates and rent rises heap further pressure on local government workers diminishing pay.

“Our Local Government workers taking strike action include, environmental health officers, engineers, planning officers, street cleaners, parks and recreation workers, and refuse workers. These staff provide essential services to communities across Northamptonshire. They regularly give extra and go further to help the people of Northamptonshire.

“Our members cannot afford to carry on propping up local services through their pay packets. Our council workers deserve a decent pay rise. They do the best for us we should do the best by them,” he added.