UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The probation employers’ zero per cent pay offer is an insult to hardworking staff who have been put through the misery of the government’s misguided reforms.
“There is still time for the employers to come up with a decent pay deal and avoid further disruption.”
In a ballot that closed in June, 73 per cent of members voted yes for industrial action.
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Notes to editors
UNISON represents 4,300 probation workers in England and Wales.
Details of the 2014 probation staff pay offer:
Zero per cent pay increase
A one-off/non-pensionable cash payment for staff at the top of their pay scale, as follows:
Pay Band 1 £300
Pay Band 2 £300
Pay Band 3 £300
Pay Band 4 £330
Pay Band 5 £345
Pay Band 6 £385
All staff received their contractual entitlement to one increment ontheir salary scale.
About 20 per cent of the probation workforce are at the top of their pay scale.
Previous industrial action – planned for 11 June – was suspended to allow pay talks to continue at ACAS between the union and the various probation employers.