Civil service workers set to go on a 24-hour strike for pay rise

Job-centre-signDisruption to job centres, museums and courts is expected in Nottinghamshire on Wednesday as civil service workers go on a 24-hour strike to fight for fair pay.

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Around 200,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) from across the UK will be staging the strike to campaign for a pay rise for every worker.

A number of strikes will take place in Nottinghamshire, including at the job centres on Upper Parliament Street and Station Street in Nottingham.

The union claims that their members are currently enduring the toughest living standards for nearly a century as a result of pay cuts damaging the economy.

Reports state that while the cost of food, fuel, childcare and housing has risen dramatically over the past four years, pay has declined too.

PCS say that since 2008 the value of UK pay has fallen by 8.4%, but if it had kept up with inflation, the average civil service salary would be £2300 higher than it is now.

As a result, millions of Brits are suffering at the hands of this financial austerity and are struggling to cope with living costs.

PCS have drummed up a great deal of support across the union and the strike will seek a pay increase by £1200 or 5%.

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