Unions unite to go on strike over changes to pensions and pay

A Unison demonstration outside County Hall. ENGNNL00120130926121732
A Unison demonstration outside County Hall. ENGNNL00120130926121732

Members of three public sector trade unions are on a 24-hour strike today, leaving their jobs in schools and local services due to on-going disputes over pay and pensions.

They will take part in rallies across the UK, and Northampton, after unions voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot.

In Northampton, members will assemble at All Saints’ Church in Northampton town centre at 11am, before marching to Becket’s Park.

The strike comes after a the unions claim that many of its members work under conditions that show they are “ignored and undervalued”.

Labour county councillor, Danielle Stone, has supported the strike, saying those involved are “justified in their complaints.”

She said: “The decision to strike is never taken lightly, but after several years of wages declining in real terms this further below inflation increase is difficult to swallow.”

Following the council’s approval of a 0.6 percent pay increase in the next financial year, she added: “Measly pay increases are a slap in the face for public sector workers.”