The majority of public sector workers have been offered a 1% pay rise.

It follows four years with only one pay increase of 1% in that time, and coupled with the freeze the unions say workers’ pay is 20% lower in real terms than in 2010 when inflation is taken into account.

 

Unison say the lowest paid earn just above the statutory national minimum wage and were denied the £250 promised by Chancellor George Osborne.

Unions are calling for a £1.20 an hour rise, to bring the lowest level of pay in local government and schools to the Living Wage, which outside of London is £7.65.

The current UK minimum wage is £6.31 per hour for over 21s.

Unions taking part in the industrial action were Unison, Unite, GMB, PCS, NUT and FBU.

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The FBU and NUT is also striking over pensions, with the Government suggesting that teachers should work until 68 and 60 for firefighters.

Firefighters also face having to put more than 14% of their wages into their pension, something they’ve described as “unaffordable".

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