Union claims strong support for first HSE strike in 23 years

More
than 3,000 staff working at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) turned out
to support a one-day strike over pay, according to the the Public and
Commercial Services Union (PCS).

The
strike was the first at the HSE for 23 years and follows union claims that a
new pay offer would see the most experienced staff receiving a 1.5 per cent
rise in salary and a "real terms pay cut" for many others over the
next three years.

The
union said staff were sending a strong message to management that they weren’t
prepared to accept what, for many, amounts a drop in pay.

PCS
general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Their pay should have been settled
six months ago, yet management have been dragging their feet, effectively
saying to many staff that their loyalty and hard work amounts to nothing more
than a pay cut."

By Michael Millar

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