Councils will be consulted on an improved pay deal for local government workers.
Employers had originally offered 7% over three years but both sides will now consult on an increased offer of 8.9%.
Councils will be asked to respond to a proposed package of reforms plus the increased pay offer.
A spokesman for the EO said: 'They are being consulted on the same document the unions are consulting their members on.'
A separate sheet will accompany the document and ask for a yes or no response to the following question: 'Do you consider that the national employers should agree that the proposed package as set out in Appendix A to this circular should be accepted as a settlement to this year's pay negotiations?' Space follows for additional comments.
Councils have until 9 July to respond to the consultation. The National Joint Council is set to meet on 16 July.
A press release from the EO follows:
Local government employers have launched their consultation over a possible pay deal with the town hall unions worth 8.9% to 1.3 million council workers over three years. The possible deal does not constitute an offer at this stage and includes a six-point package of reforms proposed by the employers.
Local authorities in England Wales and Northern Ireland have until 9 July to respond to the 13-page consultation document which both employers and the unions - Unison, TGWU and GMB - believe represents the best deal that can be reached through negotiation.
Employers are due to meet again on 16 July to consider whether, after consultation with local authorities, they can make a formal offer of 8.9% over three years, plus a six-point package of reforms to the unions. Both sides are also due to meet each other later that same day.
Brian Baldwin, the Local Government Association representative who chairs the employers' side in the negotiations says:
'This has been tough round of negotiations and a lot of hard work by the employers and unions has gone into putting this package together. The talks have been positive from the employers' point of view and it looks hopeful that we may get a positive outcome as a result. If local authorities and rank and file trades union members give their backing to it in the consultation then it will bring an affordable, reforming and fair three-year pay deal close to fruition.'