The ballot has closed for members in England and Wales, but members in Northern Ireland have until 10 February to return their ballot paper.

After years of declining pay, council and school workers have had enough. It’s time
to take action on pay – enough is enough!

Youth workers, care workers, refuse collectors, social workers, teaching assistants, community workers, street cleaners and so many more went above and beyond during the pandemic. You kept communities safe, cared for the most vulnerable, and ensured schools remained open throughout successive lockdowns.

You went out to work, so that others could stay home.

Despite this, you have been offered 1.75%. With inflation running at over 3%, this is a real terms pay cut. 

That’s why we are asking members working in councils and schools to vote for strike action. If this applies to you, you will receive important voting papers through the post in early December.

We’ve produced a set of FAQs that explain why you’re being asked to vote, how the indicative ballot will work and how you can support the campaign.

Read the FAQs

Details on the current offer

The pay offer falls far below what council and school workers need and deserve.

The final offer would provide:

  • A 1.75% pay increase (2.75% to those on the lowest pay point)
  • Completion of work on term time only arrangements
  • Discussions on homeworking and mental health joint guidance
  • Commitment to incorporate statutory provisions on neo-natal leave and pay

We’ve created a pay calculator that will allow you to see how this offer would affect your pay against the current rate of inflation:

See how your pay will be affected

We will keep updating this section throughout the campaign.


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