The union Unite has recommended that its members reject a 2% pay offer for the majority of local government staff.
The union confirmed it will still hold a consultative ballot following the offer by National Employers offer last month.
But Unite’s national industrial sector committee for local authorities on Thursday voted unanimously to reject the pay offer and to hold a consultative ballot of all affected members covered by the National Joint Committee.
National Employers made an offer of a 2% increase from 1 April 2018 and a further 2% in 2019.
Unite national officer for local authorities Jim Kennedy said: “Our members simply do not believe that the offer will result in enough members receiving a pay increase which is at least in line with inflation.
“Unite will now hold a consultative ballot of our members and once that process is complete we will consider our next steps.
“The majority of Unite’s local government members are not well paid but provide essential services to communities up and down the UK. The government’s programme of austerity means that they are simply no longer financially able to keep their heads above water.”