Unison, Unite and GMB, the local government unions, are to begin an immediate consultation of their members over employers’ lousy 1 percent pay offer.
The unions represent 1.6 million local government workers. They recommend rejection of the below-inflation deal and that a national strike ballot is called.
The unions demand an extra £1 an hour for workers who have seen a 16 percent cut in real earnings since 2010.
Union leaders must offer a strategy of coordinated national strikes that can give workers confidence that they can fight and win.
The consultation gives the opportunity to get meetings held in every section and build support for national strikes.
A day of action is set for Tuesday of next week, 1 April, when the employers’ offer is due to come into effect. This can build the momentum.