Local government bosses have made a pay offer after three years of a zero percent rise.
The offer is of either 1 percent with strings for all workers or 1 percent for lower grade workers and 0.6 percent without strings for higher grades.
Both offers fall short of the demands of unions and of the needs of workers.
The unions should reject below inflation offers which would mean another year with a pay cut.
The trial of nine cyclists charged with public order offences began this week.
They were arrested during a Critical Mass bike ride on the evening of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony last year.
Some 182 cyclists were arrested in three separate incidents on the night.
They were held for between six hours and two days.
Workers in the Unite union at the Greencore cake factory in Hull called off a two-day strike planned for this week.
They were set to strike on Monday and Tuesday, following a successful shutdown in February demanding the withdrawal of attacks on their pay.
But the action was called off after a new offer by management, which was set to be put to members as Socialist Worker went to press.
Security and safety staff employed by STM Security Group on London Overground services were set to strike Thursday of this week.
The strike is over allegations of bullying, harassment and management’s attempt to impose workplace changes.
The workers were set to protest 9-11am on the strike day at Transport for London headquarters, 55 Broadway, SW1H 0BD.
Three Bridge workers are balloting for strikes against pay cuts in Lincolnshire.
The county council has cut the Unison union members’ weekend pay allowance.
This has slashed workers’ take-home pay by around 13.5 percent.
The Crosskeys Bridge in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, opens to allow river traffic to pass to the port of Wisbech a few times a week.