The prospect of a massive strike by public sector workers over pay has increased after local government members of Unite strongly supported industrial action.
THE prospect of a massive strike by public sector workers over pay has increased after local government members of Unite strongly supported industrial action.
The union announced that its council members in Wales, England and Northern Ireland voted by over 2-1 to go on strike in protest at an offer worth one per cent for most employees.
Unite will now join a 24-hour walkout on Thursday, July 10 – the biggest day of action over pay the Government has faced since it came to power.
Local government members of Unison and the GMB have also backed strikes, while the National Union of Teachers said it will also take part as it continues a long-running row with the coalition over workload and other issues.
But Hartlepool Borough Council stressed that services would not be affected.
A council spokesman said: “We are currently assessing the potential impact of the strike action on services and further details will be publicised in due course. But people should expect normal council services and buildings to be unaffected.
“We would reassure people that arrangements will be put in place so that staff are available in emergencies if needed.
“In terms of schools, they will inform parents as soon as they are able to confirm how the strike action will affect them.”