Around 500 Scottish Water workers could go on strike, according to a union.

Unite has announced that 92% of its members supported strike action in a recent ballot, with an 84% turnout.

Around 500 frontline workers of the company have indicated they are behind strike action in an escalating dispute over a new grading structure and pay.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham, said: “The fact that 92% of our members working for Scottish Water are prepared to take strike action should be a massive wake-up call.

"Scottish Water bosses have attempted to by-pass the trade unions which is unacceptable behaviour.

"Unite will now move towards holding a strike ballot in defence of our members’ jobs, pay and conditions.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “We continue to seek negotiations with trade unions over a very fair and reasonable proposal to increase every employee’s pay by at least 8% and modernise our pay structure in a way that our colleagues are demanding.”