UNISON confirmed that its local government and school support staff members in England,Wales and Northern Ireland will be taking one day of strike action on 10 July in support of better pay.
The decision was taken following a yes vote in a strike ballot, announced yesterday.
Local government employers have offered a 1% pay rise.
UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis said:
"We have a clear majority for strike action so a one day strike will go ahead on 10 July. We expect to be joined in that action by other unions in local government and will be campaigning amongst our members for maximum support on the day.
" Many of our members are low paid women barely above the minimum wage, who care for our children, our elderly and our vulnerable and they deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this Government. The employers must get back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute."
Local government workers have been condemned to three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by below-inflation rises in 2013 and 2014, leaving their pay reduced by almost 20% since the coalition came to power.
Our Branch Committee will be meeting on 26th June at 12.30 in the Gallery at the Central Library, 2, Field way Crescent, London N5 to discuss the organisation of the strike and set up a strike committee. Along with discussing events during the summer before the strike days in September.
If you are interested in coming to the BC but not a member you are more than welcome to attend.