Devon school and library services could be affected by strike action

PUBLISHED: 11:16 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 10 June 2010

On July 16 and 17 local government UNISON branches will be striking for an improved pay offer.

On July 16 and 17 local government UNISON branches will be striking for an improved pay offer.

As a result many schools will be closed; having partial days or reduced meal services.

A number of libraries, including Exeter Central Library, will also be closed.

On the July 17 at 12.30 there will be a rally starting at Exeter Civic Centre, marching down Fore Street ending up at the Mint Hall, where there will be speakers.

UNISON branch secretary Roger Spackman said: "For a decade our members have been receiving settlements that have been below the average inflation rate. This has put considerable hardship on our members for sometime. However with inflation as high as it is now it is impossible to see how our members will be able to make ends meet with the current high inflation.

"The employers also want to finalise negotiations on a pay settlement for a further two years by the end of December, where they are likely to offer a similar settlement.

"The amount currently being offered is more than one per cent less than the average offers in any other sector.

"UNISON members would rather not strike, but the employers are unwilling to negotiate any further and so we have been forced to take this action to prevent three more years of significantly below inflation settlements."

Details about the background to the strike can be obtained at http://www.unison.org.uk

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