Council workers across county vote for July strike action

Unison demonstration
Unison demonstration

Hundreds of council workers across Northamptonshire have voted for strike action after rejecting a below-inflation pay offer from local government employers.

Gerry Looker, UNISON Regional Organiser in Northamptonshire said: “Council workers in Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton Borough, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough councils have sent a clear message that this year’s local government pay offer of one per cent 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.” UNISON said 58.7 per cent of its members voted to take action.

Mr Looker added: “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.”

The UNITE and GMB say ballots of council staff members for strike action over pay will close at the end of June.

If these ballots support action the members of all three unions have announced they will take strike action on July 10.