Council workers face strike ballot

A total of 20 candidates will seek nine seats on Nenagh MDC
A total of 20 candidates will seek nine seats on Nenagh MDC

Fresh warnings about a strike by public sector workers over pay will be made today as unions press ahead with ballots for industrial action.

Delegates at the annual conference of the GMB union in Nottingham will discuss campaigns to “fight back” after years of pay freezes or below inflation rises for millions of workers.

GMB members in local government will start voting later this month on whether to launch a campaign of action in protest at an offer of 1% for most council workers in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

The GMB has warned that a one day strike will be held on July 10 if there is a yes vote in the ballot which closes at the end of the month.

Delegates will discuss a motion which attacks the coalition’s austerity measures, but also criticises previous Labour governments for treating public sector workers as “second class” over decent pay.

The conference will debate a call for a co-ordinated campaign of industrial action with other public sector unions.

Unison and Unite are also balloting their local government members for strikes, raising the prospect of massive walkout on July 10 which could involve other public sector workers.