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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:00

Strikers return to work amid ongoing war on pay cuts

Council workers in Stirling are set to return to work tomorrow after a one-day strike but union officials said their battle was far from over.

Staff with union Unison spent Monday on the picket lines after council managers rolled out plans to dock all pay by 0.5 per cent and demand an additional hour's work each week.

The council has downplayed the deal, but angry union officials have warned the longer days mean most workers would effectively earn 4.5 per cent less an hour than they used to.

Meanwhile other pay freezes had already seen the real worth of council workers' pay drop by 13 per cent since 2010.

Unison branch secretary James Douglas said today the proposal was "by far the worst faced by any council in Scotland."

"We hope that a one-day strike will send a clear message to both Stirling Council and its management team that enough is enough," he said.

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