Strike set to hit public services

PUBLIC sector strikes could cause disruption to services this week as a result of a pay dispute between the government and union bosses.

Tom Potter

PUBLIC sector strikes could cause disruption to services this week as a result of a pay dispute between the government and union bosses.

Unison expects 600,000 members to walk out tomorrow and Thursday to protest over a below-inflation pay offer of 2.45 percent, but Ipswich Borough Council is hoping to maintain most services during the national two-day strike.

UNISON Eastern Regional Head of Local Government, Ian Barber, said:

“A 2.45pc pay offer is quite clearly an insult to those dedicated workers such as teaching assistants, school meals staff, refuse collectors and cleaners after ten years worth of below inflation pay rises.

“Strike action is a legitimate way of getting their message of dissatisfaction across to the employers.”

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The strike will affect anyone in the public sector from social workers to street cleaners and is likely to have an impact on schools in the area.

- For more on this story see tonight's Evening Star.

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