LOCAL government and school support workers voted to accept a new pay offer yesterday that will see their wages rise by an average of 2.35 per cent.
The workers, represented by trade unions Unite, GMB and Unison, took strike action in July after bosses had offered them a measly rise of just 1 per cent.
But the Local Government Association upped its offer following the threat of more strikes.
Unison head of local government Heather Wakefield said the workers concerned “have the lowest pay in the public sector and have suffered significant attacks on their conditions of work in recent years.”
She added: “We will continue to campaign for the living wage to become the minimum rate of pay in local government and for a commensurate increase for all other NJC employees, to reflect the invaluable work that our members do to keep vital local services running.”
GMB national secretary Brian Strutton said his members had taken a “pragmatic” decision.
“That puts the 2014 pay dispute to bed but there are still serious financial challenges ahead for local government services and our members who provide them,” he said.
The GMB said the lowest paid workers in local government could see their pay rise by up to 9.6 per cent.