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Rally to take place outside of Suffolk County Council headquarters in protest against 'insulting' pay offer

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Local government workers from across Suffolk will hold a rally outside of the county council headquarters tomorrow in protest against an 'insulting' pay offer.

It will mark the start of a national strike ballot by UNISON, in which council and school workers are being urged to vote against a 1.75 per cent pay offer, or 2.75 per cent pay offer for those on the lowest band.

The rally will take place between 11am and 2pm outside of Endeavour House in Ipswich.

The rally will take place tomorrow outside of Endeavour House
The rally will take place tomorrow outside of Endeavour House

Protestors will urge Suffolk County Council and the government to release more money for local authority pay.

Winston Dorsett, Eastern regional organiser for the union, said: "Council and schools workers have kept going tirelessly through successive lockdowns. They kept communities safe and clean, kept schools open for those who needed them most and kept providing the services that we all rely upon.

“After all their sacrifices, after the hardest year of their lives, it’s a staggering insult to offer these workers a real-terms pay cut.

“We’ve spent months trying to talk to employers about improving this offer but they were only willing to boost their original 1.5% offer by a quarter of a percent. It’s a slap in the face.

“It’s time to say: ‘Enough is enough.’ Council and schools workers have no options left but to vote on strikes to improve their pay.”

Suffolk County Council have been approached for comment.