Unison is seeking a flat rate increase of£1,750 to give a minimum wage of£11,017, or a six per cent increase, whichever is greater.
'This offer is bitterly disappointing for local government workers, particularly the 270,000 who earn less than£5 an hour.
'It is a kick in the teeth, particularly given yesterday's 3.6% pay offer to low paid workers in the NHS. The message seems to be that the NHS values its staff, local government does not.
'We have agreed to consult our members on the 3% offer but will recommend that it be rejected. If our members reject it, there is likely to be support for industrial action as the only way to bring the employers back to the negotiating table.'
Unison says local government workers are trying to deliver on the Blair government's call for world class public services, but low pay is creating a retention and recruitment crisis.
* see LGCnetfor 'INDUSTRIAL ACTION LOOMS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT' from the T&G.