that the local government Employers Organisation are refusing to budge from their first pay offer, Unison head of local government, Heather Wakefield, said:
'If the employers organisation have something to say, why don't they say it to us? We have told them that we are willing to talk to them any time, any place. But to claim that a 7% with strings offer over three years is a fair one, or that it is inflation matching, is pure fantasy.
'The latest Retail Price Index figures rose to 2.6% in March and pay settlements are currently running at around 4% or over. Failure to increase this pitiful offer will just add to the recruitment crisis in local government and jeopardise government plans for quality public services.'
The local government trade unions are meeting on Friday to discuss their next move.