Local authority staff ready for strike action

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Local authority staff ready for strike actionOn 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Trade unions met last week to arrange a strike ballot timetable followingthe rejection of the employers’ latest pay offer. More than a fifth of the sector’s 1 million employees voted in the payballots with nine out of 10 GMB and T&G members rejecting the councils’ 3per cent annual pay offer and backing a strike vote. Unison members also voted3-1 in favour of rejecting the pay deal and ballot for strike action. Keith Handley, immediate past president of local government HR body Socpo,urged employees in the sector to accept the offer on the table and warnedunions that strike action will not improve the image of the sector. “The offer of 3 per cent is unshakable and authorities cannot afford toincrease it. It is double the rate of inflation and protects jobs. “This message now needs to be clearly ‘got home’ to all local authorityemployees.” Jack Dromey national organiser at the T&G, warned local authorities thatthe sector is set for its first strike in more than 20 years if the pay offeris not increased. He said: “This landslide vote demonstrates that employees have hadenough.” www.tgwu.org.uk Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more