UNISON Scotland is urging local government workers around the country to go on strike over pay.
They say they are requesting a £1000 flat payment for council workers, contrary to the only £350 pay increase.
Union members are being asked to vote whether or not they would participate in strike action
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities says they hope the ballot will lead to a result which can be discussed with union representatives.
UNISON has over 4,500 members in Dumfries and Galloway alone, including NHS, council and third sector workers.