UNITE members at Steria are striking tomorrow over pay. There's a copy of the UNITE press release below, which includes details of the picket lines in Bristol, Coventry and High Wycombe.
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Press Release: Unite members at Steria strike over pay dispute
Members of Unite, employed by IT services company Steria UK Ltd working on a Capita account, will take industrial action tomorrow (Friday, 16 December) in protest against the company's refusal to offer a pay rise for 2010 (payable from April 2011).
Unite members, who are system developers and analysts, voted an overwhelming 82 per cent in favour of strike action. Industrial action will take place at various Steria sites in Bristol, Coventry and High Wycombe (see notes) and staff will take part in the 24 hour strike from midnight tonight.
Unite regional officer, Jerry Pickford, said: “This is the first time that this group of workers have ever taken these steps as they feel that they have no option other than to withdraw their labour in protest at the refusal of Steria to make any kind off pay offer whatsoever.
“Over the last few years, our members have seen their workload increase tremendously and for nearly a decade they have received below inflation pay rises, which in real terms is seen as a pay cut. They have now reached the point where they are saying ‘enough is enough’.
“Management claim the current financial condition is the reason that a zero pay award has been given to staff, however, Steria continues to post excellent results for both last year and the first three quarters of this year. It also seems that its executives are immune to these financial conditions as they award themselves very healthy pay rises and bonuses.
“Further action will be planned for the near future. However, we hope that Steria will see sense and show proper respect for a group of workers that continually over perform for the company.”
For further information contact Jerry Pickford on 07764 655759 or Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07980 224761.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
24 hour strike action will take place from 12.00am, Friday 16 December at the following sites:
- Friends Life Centre, Brierly Furlong, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8SW.
- 75 Corporation Street, Coventry, CV1 1GD.
- Ashton Court, Kingsmead Business Park, Frederick Place, High Wycombe, HP11 1LA.