first_imgLocal government strike imminentOn 9 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Local government HR body Socpo is concerned about the sector’s future afterstaff voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over the annual pay risedispute. Six out of 10 of the sector’s one million employees involved in the ballotvoted to reject the employers’ 3 per cent pay offer and start a summer ofstrikes on 17 July. The unions are demanding a 6 per cent or £1,750 pay rise to bring theminimum wage in the sector to £11,017 a year. Socpo is concerned there is no obvious way to end the dispute. Socpopresident Francesca Okosi said: “I am disappointed but not surprised bythe result. My concern is I am not sure how this will be resolved. Theemployers have offered as much as they can – we are constrained by theresources available.” Okosi is concerned that the industrial action will affect how the sector isperceived. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more