National strike called off as unions consider new pay offer

A strike by thousands of council workers and school support staff will not go ahead next week after unions called it off to consider a new pay offer.

By Ellen Beardmore, political reporter
Thursday, 9th October 2014, 4:53 pm
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The strike was planned to take place next Tuesday, October 14, as part of a co-ordinated demand across the country for a ‘fair pay rise for Britain’.

A march and rally was planned for Sheffield.

Rod Padley, branch secretary of the Sheffield Unison branch, said: “It might have changed but the offer was 2.2 per cent over two years but bottom loaded so those at the bottom would get considerably more.

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“There have been negotiations, that may have changed.

“If they manage to secure a new deal for our members then we will be very happy - nobody wants to strike.”

Unison, GMB and Unite said they had suspended the strike to consult on the new negotiations from the Local Government Association.

But a strike by staff at Sheffield’s five household waste recycling centres is expected to go ahead on Friday in a separate dispute.

And health workers are due to walk out in Sheffield on Monday, and civil service workers in the PCS union on Wednesday, in similar protests over pay.