Maldon DC is set to rejoin the national pay bargaining structure following a ballot of staff.
Councillors backed plans to rejoin the national negotiations over pay and conditions from 2011-12 after a ballot of employees revealed that 64% wanted to return to the national bargaining system.
The council has been opted out of the National Joint Council since 2000 and since then its pay awards have been cumulatively 4.2% lower than the national award.
The council had previously ignored a 2009 ballot which also showed a majority of the staff wanted national bargaining and this decision “had not been well received” by employees, officers advised.
A staff survey carried out earlier this year revealed that council employees did not feel they were listened to and councillors consequently promised that they would adhere to the outcome of the next ballot.
The decision of the finance and corporate services committee now has to be agreed by the full council.