Strike action backed by union

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Thousands of schools staff and council workers across Nottinghamshire have voted for strike action after rejecting below inflation pay-rise offer.

Lousia Wass-Griffiths, UNISON regional organiser for Nottinghamshire said: “Nottinghamshire schools staff and council workers have sent a clear message to the government and council employers that this year’s local government pay offer of 1% is the last straw.

“After three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by a below-inflation rise in 2013, this final offer has pushed staff to the edge.

“Schools staff and council workers pay is now worth almost 20% less since the government came into power.

Of the UNISON members balloted, 57.85 voted to take action.

These members include social workers, teaching assistants, street cleaners, youth workers, planners, and engineers. These staff provide essential services to their communities.

The UNITE and GMB ballots of councils and schools staff members for strike action over pay will close at the end of June.

If these ballots support action the members of all three unions will take strike action on 10 July.