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Summer of Discontent Looms as Unions Ballot for Strikes

Magazine article Public Finance

Summer of Discontent Looms as Unions Ballot for Strikes

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Ballot papers for industrial action will be sent to almost 1 million union members in local government this week, amid continuing unrest over the government's public sector pay cap.

Members of the Unite and Unison unions are balloting their members for strikes after rejecting a 2.45% pay offer, with an initial two-day strike likely to take place in early July.

The National Union of Teachers also threatened further action, following its one-day strike in April, although this would be delayed until after the summer holidays.

Acting general secretary Christine Blower said: 'The NUT will be discussing with its divisional secretaries the next step in our pay campaign. An option for an autumn ballot will be given consideration, along with lobbying both locally and nationally

But 7,000 London members of the University and College Union could be on the picket lines on June 9, if pay talks between employers and six unions representing 250,000 staff fail to produce an increase on a 2. …

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