Striking council staff set to picket City Hall

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Hundreds of council staff will strike and many will picket City Hall on Thursday, as part of a nationwide industrial action over pay.

The protest is against pay and conditions imposed by the government.

Fran Bower, area branch chair for trade union UNISON, said: “The Con-Dem government has had local government pay and conditions squarely in its sights since 2010.

“A pay freeze in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and below-inflation rises in eight of the last 17 years, have sent the pay packets of local government and school workers plummeting back to the level of the 1990s.

“Many council workers in Milton Keynes have been left struggling to get by, with some relying on food banks, second jobs and in-work benefits to make ends meet.

“This year’s offer would result in a cumulative real-term cut of almost 20 per cent for more than one million local government and school workers.”

Fran added: “Council workers have kept on going in the face of four years of draconian government cuts to keep local services in Milton Keynes running.

“They care for our elderly and our vulnerable, keep our streets clean and educate and look after our children. They deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this government.

“Taking strike action is never easy but our members are sending a clear message to the government that they have had enough. Low paid women make up the backbone of most local councils and they deserve to be paid a decent wage.

“The employers must get back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute.”

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