Unite national officer for local government Jim Kennedy said: “Unite’s local government national committee has this week strongly reaffirmed its rejection of the two year pay offer from the employers.

“However, we recognise the collective majority decision of the other unions and understand that this offer will now be implemented across local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“We will work closely in solidarity going forward with the other unions representing local government workers to achieve true pay justice for this dedicated workforce. We won’t allow the lack of generosity that motivated this below inflation offer to divide us.

“Unite will continue to campaign for a fully funded pay increase that remedies the last eight years of ‘lost’ earnings.

“We will also actively fight back against the Tory cuts; and tackle councils, and their contractors, which refuse to pay the real living wage.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065. Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.