Unite workers strike at Steria

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Unite workers strike at Steria

Simon Quicke

Unite members at IT services company Steria working on a Capita account have have voted to walk out tomorrow in a dispute over pay.

The disagreement is over the refusal by the company to offer a pay rise for 2010, which should have been paid this April, and as a result staff will stage a 24 walk out from midnight tonight at various locations across the UK including Bristol, Coventry and High Wycombe.

The strike by system developers and analysts was backed by 82% of the members and is the first time they have opted to take such extreme action.

Unite regional officer, Jerry Pickford, said that the staff felt that they had no choice but to strike: ""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," he added.

The Union said that further action was planned for the future to keep the pressure on over the pay claims.

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