Skeleton staff at Mill Water School during strike

PUBLISHED: 11:08 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010

Strikers and supporters outside Mill Water School, Honiton. Ref: P5586-29-08TI

Strikers and supporters outside Mill Water School, Honiton. Ref: P5586-29-08TI

MILL Water School in Honiton is operating with a skeleton staff today (Thursday), the second day of national strike action organised by UNISON over pay.

MILL Water School in Honiton is operating with a skeleton staff today (Thursday), the second day of national strike action organised by UNISON over pay.

Learning support assistants, who were on strike from 7.30am to 3pm yesterday, were in good spirits as they manned a picket line on a rota basis.

In a statement, handed to the Herald by picket steward Carol Blackmore, the staff said: "We have not taken this decision to strike lightly, knowing how it has affected many pupils and parents of this school, but we feel that enough is enough.

"The pay offer of 2.45 per cent is insulting to us, on an ever-increasing day-to-day basis of rising costs for all of us.

"For many years, the pay offers that we have received have been below inflation, and we want our employers to know that we are worth more than the 2.45 per cent on offer. We feel now is the time to do something about it.

"As a result, some 28 members of staff from this school have gone on strike.

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