17/07/2008

Second Day Of Council Worker Strike

Public sector workers in Northern Ireland are today taking part in the second day of a 48-hour strike over pay.

Thousands of public service workers participated in the walkout, arranged by the Unite trade union, after a proposed 2.45% wage increase was rejected.

The workers refused the amount, blaming the soaring costs of inflation, which is at an 11-year high, running at 4.6%.

The Local Government Association described the strike as "regrettable", but said the 2.45% pay increase was their best and final offer. Unions have called for a 6% increase.

The 48-hour strike has affected a number of public services throughout Northern Ireland, including bin collections, leisure centres and libraries.

Yesterday the council-run City of Derry Airport and Belfast Zoo both remained closed.

The strike is due to end at midnight tonight.

See: Workers Strike Over Pay Offer

(JM)

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