Council workers in Sunderland council are set to be balloted over a pay review that would lead to wage cuts for at least 2,700 staff. The Unison and GMB unions are recommending that members reject the deal.
Sunderland council employs some 14,500 staff and 6,500 have undergone job revaluations so far. Some will see their pay rise, but others will face pay cuts of up to 33 percent phased in over three years.
The brewing dispute is the latest in a series of battles over the single status agreement to restructure council workers’ pay and conditions.
Single status was billed as a means of ending gender pay inequality, but many councils have used it as a pretext to slash wages and attack conditions.
Aberdeen council was recently forced to backtrack on its single status plans after council workers threatened industrial action. Council workers in Coventry struck earlier this year after the council imposed a single status deal on them.