Members of UNISON working in Salford City Council have voted overwhelmingly in favor of accepting a new pay and grading structure.
The 2 to 1 vote covers members working as teaching assistants, social workers, care assistants, call centre handlers and school meals workers.
A UNISON spokesperson said:
“Our members working in Salford have made their views clear in this decisive vote. This was the best package available by negotiation, but we take little comfort from the final deal.
“All across the country, councils are being hit with multi year, multi billion pound budget cuts by the Tory-led coalition. Local government workers are struggling to make ends meet after three long years of frozen pay. Even those earning less than £21,000 did not get the modest £250 uplift promised to them by the Chancellor in 2010.
“This year, local government employers are refusing even to honour the Chancellor’s below inflation 1% offer on pay. This has serious consequences for families, for high streets, and for our chances of economic recovery.”