The trade union, UNISON, today voted for sustained strike action in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in a dispute over local government pay. Eric Pickles, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government responded:


“At a time when council tax bills have gone through the roof under Labour, pay restraint is needed to control further hikes in local taxes.


“I am very concerned at the rubbish piling up uncollected in the summer months, especially in areas where the Government has already bullied councils into axing weekly collections.


“The country faces a summer of strikes and cuts to local services. Yet Labours Ministers seem unwilling to take on the union barons since the Labour Party is now totally dependent on union funding to stave off bankruptcy.”