Staff at Birmingham City Council could see a pay offer being implemented without the approval of their representatives after local authority leaders lost patience with union bosses.
The council’s director of human resources wrote to employees saying that he had still not been notified by trade unions on whether a ballot would be held on a revised offer which was made in March.
Andy Albon said the offer, which would cost the council £6 million a year, gave staff favourable assimilation arrangements, compensation for moving to monthly pay and additional time served salary increments. He also said the unions had supported the offer earlier this year and had vowed to ballot its members on its acceptance.
However, after five months of silence, the council has now effectively taken the offer off the table.
Mr Albon said in his letter: “Although saying they supported the offer in March and that they were prepared to ballot on acceptance of the offer, the unions have failed to do so despite repeated prompting from the Council.
“Clearly, the offer cannot remain on the table indefinitely. Therefore, the council has now written to the unions telling them that the offer has been withdrawn and the council reserves the right unilaterally to implement part, or all, of the offer as it thinks fit.”
The unions and council leaders have had a bitter fall out in recent months which saw two strikes earlier this year.
Mr Albon accused the unions of “continuing provocation” and said that withdrawing the offer was “in the best interests of staff, the Council and the taxpayer”.
The unions were unavailable for comment.