Some 150 council workers and supporters rallied on the steps of Hackney Town Hall today, in advance of a strike of more than 200 workers which will take place between April 25-27 and May 3-5.
Staff have been offered a 1.75-2.75 per cent pay rise, which falls below the inflation rate of 8.2pc. This figure has been set nationally by the Local Government Association [LGA].
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham has called on Hackney Council to reject the LGA recommendation, table a “proper pay rise” and prevent the possibility of “long-running strike action”.
She said: “Our Hackney Council members have had enough. They have shouldered 11 years of pay austerity and now they are faced with another insulting pay offer as prices soar.
Unite members in education, building services and refuse are striking from Monday 25 April.