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Posted on 26 October 2011 at 14:33 GMT

Second strike on Monday at TV Licensing

TV Licensing workers employed by outsourcing giant Capita will walk out again next Monday, 31st October, as they step up their campaign of industrial action to win a fair pay rise.

Since the first walkout on 17th October there has been no new pay offer, no offer of new talks, in fact no contact or comment from the company at all.

In response to this wall of silence, workers at Capital TVL sites in Bristol and Darwen, Lancashire, will now strike for a second time and field workers will repeat their work suspension from 4pm until 9pm in.

CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey said: "It's the sheer unfairness of the company's attitude that has brought us to this situation.

"Capita is making huge profits, but is still expecting our members to accept a reduced standard of living.

"The fact they haven't been in touch at all shows just how little they seem to care about their employees.

"With inflation running at 5.6 per cent, pay offers worth around 2.6 per cent mean a pay cut in real terms for staff who are already struggling to pay increased food and energy bills. We want a fair, affordable pay rise which rewards staff."

Capita staff working on the BBC TV licensing contract haven't had a pay rise for almost two years. They rejected the original offer from Capita by 88 per cent in a consultative ballot.

Picket lines:

Bristol: 7:30 - 10:30am 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS98 1TL

Darwen: 7:30 - 10:30am India Mill, Bolton Road, Darwen, BB3 1YX

From a CWU press release

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