All three main local government unions are to call strikes on 10 July.
Unite has now joined Unison, the GMB, and also the National Union of Teachers, to oppose what it calls an “insulting” 1% pay offer. Unions are instead seeking a £1-an-hour increase.
Fiona Farmer, Unite’s national officer for local government, said: “Our members have endured four years of pay cuts in real terms and they have now voted overwhelmingly to strike on 10 July to drive home the message to ministers that ‘poverty pay’ in local government must end.
“Poverty pay is widespread across local councils – household bills continue to soar, but our members’ buying power is constantly being eroded. The national minimum wage will soon overtake local government pay scales; members are choosing between heating and eating.”
The strike does not affect Scotland where the devolved administration has agreed to pay the ‘living wage’ to all council staff, currently £7.65 an hour and £8.80 in London.
An LGA spokesman said: “Overall, only 8% of the total workforce have voted for this strike. Local government staff have worked wonders while councils have been tackling the biggest funding cuts in living memory and we have no doubt that many will still be at work on the day of strike action.”