COUNCIL staff are being asked to go on strike in an attempt to improve a 1% pay offer.

Public services union Unison will ballot 75,000 members in Scotland's 32 local authorities.

Stephanie Herd, who leads the union's local government committee, said members are angry at receiving the "miser-ly" offer after two years of a pay freeze.

"Over this period the value of their pay has gone down by nearly 13%, while the cost of food and heating has soared," she said.

"Council staff work hard delivering quality public services. They are overstretched after more than 34,500 local government jobs have gone."

The union's local government member-ship includes classroom assistants, housing staff and social workers.

If members vote yes there will be a minimum of three days of strikes over a seven-week period in autumn.