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Public Sector Workers Behind Surge in Strikes

Magazine article Public Finance

Public Sector Workers Behind Surge in Strikes

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Walkouts by public sector workers are almost entirely responsible for a surge in the number of strike days recorded in the UK last year, official figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics figures - which show the number of working days lost to strikes at the highest level since 2002 - were released as Unison prepares to announce the result of a strike ballot of more than 900,000 local government staff at its annual conference in Bournemouth next week

Unison has already rejected a 2.45% pay offer and could begin sustained industrial action with a two-day strike in July if the ballot result - to be announced on June 20 - is in favour. Unite is also balloting local government members for action, with the result expected a week later.

The ONS figures reveal that the public sector accounted for more than 96% of the 1. …

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