Union members set for second strike

Union members set for second strike

Union members set for second strike

First published in Local Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

LOCAL Government and school support workers who are members of Unison are set to the hold a second day of industrial action in September.

The announcement follows the strike on July 10, which saw about one million public service workers walk out in a dispute over pay.

Unison wants the Government to engage in further talks to resolve the pay dispute, as it is not content with what is currently being offered to workers.

The current offer would see an increase of one per cent and, according to the union, pay has declined by 18 per cent since 2010.

Ravi Subramanian, West Midlands regional secretary for Unison, said: “The strike on July 10 sent a strong message to the employers that local government and school support workers are fed up and angry with being exploited.

“There was widespread public support for our members, the majority of whom are low-paid and part-time women workers, whose goodwill has been taken for granted for too long.

“It's time for the employers to come back to the negotiating table and work with us to secure a decent offer for our members and end this damaging dispute.”

Unison members will stage their second strike on Tuesday, September 30.

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