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From British daily News Line:
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
COUNCILS OUT! – 800,000 take strike action
Public sector union UNISON said yesterday it is expecting a huge turnout, with social workers, librarians, school meals workers, refuse collectors, surveyors and teaching assistants manning picket lines from early morning.
A UNISON spokeswoman told News Line: ‘With everyday essentials like food and petrol going up, as well as gas and electricity bills, our members cannot afford to take another pay cut.
‘We know that the local government employers have £3 billion sitting in the bank which could be used to settle this strike.
‘That money has been saved by our members through efficiency savings.
‘The employers do not need to put up Council Tax, go to the government for more money, or cut services to settle this strike.
‘We are expecting a good turnout, members are very angry at the 2.45% offer, which is just 20p an hour for those on the bottom grade.’
The union is holding protests and rallies across the country, with members in London assembling at Lincoln’s Inn Fields at 1pm and marching to a 2pm rally at Friends Meeting House, Euston.