16 July 2008 | Jake Kanter
Buyers in local councils and town halls are on strike today over pay.
A spokesman for the Unison union told supplymanagement.com that procurement officers working in town halls and local government "will be affected by the strike and it is likely they will be involved".
Unison expects 600,000 public sector workers to join picket lines across England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next two days. The union said staff had been offered a pay rise of just 2.45 per cent, which represents a pay cut against the current inflation rate of 4.3 per cent. It argued: "Coming on top of 10 years below-inflation pay rises, it's no wonder we think this is the last straw."
Unsion general secretary Dave Prentis said: "I'm proud to be supporting our members who are taking action to win a fair deal. Striking is never an easy option and not something we do lightly. We urge the employers to sit down with us and discuss a fair and equitable solution."
No-one from the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government was available for comment this morning.