The prospect of a coordinated public sector revolt has forced Gordon Brown to try and head off strike action by offering limited concessions.
While the miserly offer in local government is still a pay cut, it is above the 2 percent pay limit Brown had imposed. Across the public sector Brown is looking for negotiations and revised offers to stop strike action.
Unfortunately, instead of seeing the wobbling from the government as an opportunity to get real wage rises for their members, some at the top of the unions seem keen to accept anything rather than have a strike that would embarrass Brown.
Activists need to keep up the pressure for joint coordinated strike action over pay.