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Scottish workers vote to strike

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Scottish local government craftworkers - such as carpenters and electricians - have voted to strike.

The move by 5,000 members of the construction union UCATT is expected to trigger strike action across fellow workers in Unite and GMB .

The dispute centres on the below inflation pay offer of 2.45% that local government craftworkers received last year. The union claim the clash has become more entrenched because local government chiefs have resisted negotiations on issues in the original pay claim such as a reduction in the working week.

Overwhelming majority vote for strike

The workers, members of construction union UCATT, voted by 68% to 32& in favour of strike action. An even greater majority of members voted in favour of action short of a strike.

Harry Frew, UCATT Scotland regional secretary, said: "UCATT workers have overwhelmingly voted for strike action because of the appalling manner in which they have been treated by local government bosses. Hard working craftworkers should not be forced into poverty through low pay."

The next stage in the dispute will see the joint trade unions, led by UCATT meet and decide on exactly what form of industrial action will be taken.

Mr Frew, added: "Given the strength of feeling among my members I hope that local government bosses will now return to the negotiating table."

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities was unavailable for comment.

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