Unison has agreed a ballot of the union's 850,000 local government members to establish whether industrial action should begin over this year's ‘low’ pay offer.
In August local government employers made a slightly improved pay offer to staff of 2.475%. Those on the bottom grade were offered a 3.4% increase.
‘Morale is low’
But the union says the cost of living has stayed consistently well above these increments with the Retail Price Index figures recorded at 4.1% in August.
Unison head of local government Heather Wakefield said: “I don't want to see local government pay falling further behind the rest of the public sector and private sector. Our members' morale is low. We urge employers to help resolve this situation by returning to talks.”