TUC annual congress delegates have backed Unison’s motion calling for co-ordinated public sector strikes over pay.
The motion passed at the congress in Liverpool commits the TUC to “support lawful industrial action on pay, where possible co-ordinated across sectors”. It also called for a campaign to end the public sector pay cap.
Local government unions are seeking a £1 per hour pay rise, but have been offered a 1% increase by the LGA.
Unison, GMB and Unite members staged a one-day strike over pay on 10 July in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and are due to do so again on 14 October. Scotland is not involved.
Addressing the congress, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said the strikes and other campaigning needed to be waged on behalf of “real people whose wellbeing is being ignored”.
He said some 250,000 Unison members “struggle on a minimum wage that falls in real terms every month”.
Industrial action would be “the only way to be heard”, Mr Prentis added.