Unite national officer for local government, Fiona Farmer said: “This final offer falls well short of our aspirations and does not meet our goal for a £1 an hour increase across the board for local government workers.
“This paltry offer of one per cent is a pay cut in real terms as the RPI rate of inflation is running at 2.8 per cent – and it will continue to cement poverty pay for thousands working for local councils.
“We will be consulting our members with a recommendation to reject this offer and industrial action by our members is very much on the cards.
“After yesterday’s budget, which was geared to prosperous and the well-off, this offer from the employers adds insult to injury.
“Local government employees have borne the brunt of the coalition’s austerity policies for the last four years, which have seen services used by some of the most vulnerable in society savagely cut back. Enough is enough.”
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Notes to editors
• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.