IT workers join council strike over pay

Thousands of council staff, including IT workers, across local government went on strike over pay in the biggest campaign of industrial unrest for years.

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Thousands of council staff, including IT workers, across local government took strike action today in a campaign over pay.

The Unison and Unite unions said 600,000 workers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland were expected to take part in the two day action.

Unions have rejected a 2.45% pay offer as below inflation and have demanded 6% pay rise.

The strike has closed schools, libraries and museums and disrupted rubbish collections and other town hall services across the country. Its impact on council IT services is likely to be less immediately obvious.

A memo to staff at Camden council, north London, for example, said that ICT services would be operating as usual.

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