UNISON is asking Environment Agency staff whether they would be prepared take industrial action to try to win a better wage rise than the 1.3% that’s been imposed on them. Since 2010 staff have faced a 20% real-terms pay cut.
UNISON says staff working for the agency are understandably angry, especially as the increase is way below that given to other public sector workers.
For example, colleagues doing the same job at the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency have accepted an offer of 3% for low-paid workers and 2% for higher earners.
The ballot closes on Wednesday 3 April 2019.