COUNCIL workers could strike in a row over pay.
Union members working for Kirklees have backed plans to ballot members on industrial action.
And they say they could join other public sector workers – including health staff and teachers – in an Autumn of Discontent.
Unison, the local government workers’ union, balloted thousands of members working for Kirklees after talks broke down over a 2% pay offer.
Union leaders say the employers’ offer is effectively a 2.4% pay cut as inflation is running at 4.4%.
They organised a ballot to move towards action and the proposal was passed by 2,365 to 251.
A Unison spokesman said: “It is looking even more likely that local government workers will soon be joining postal workers and civil servants in a fight against Gordon Brown’s public sector pay freeze.
“The issue of public sector pay is now very much in the news as postal workers, members of the Communication Workers’ Union, are taking part in two weeks of industrial action over pay.
“The fight for decent pay for public sector workers looks like coming to a head in the autumn, when as well as local government workers, health workers and teachers could also be involved in pay disputes.”
Members of the Kirklees branch of Unison take their fight for a better pay deal to a rally in Huddersfield tomorrow.
The rally at 7pm at Huddersfield Methodist Mission in Lord Street has been organised by Huddersfield Trades Council and speakers will include Unison and CWU officials.
A Kirklees spokesman said the council did not wish to comment at this stage.