Council workers and teaching assistants are on the picket line outside council offices today striking for 'fair pay'.

Unison and GMB members holding signs outside Merton Civic Centre in Morden are calling for a £1 an hour pay rise, claiming they are now working more for less pay.

Peray Ahmet, Merton Unison branch secretary, said: "We are striking for fair pay. We have had a one per cent pay offer in the last four years which is not enough looking at the cost of living crisis that we are facing in this country.

She said some public service workers are on about £15,000 which is not enough to live on in London.

Members of the National Union of Teachers are also on strike today, alongside Unite, Public and Commercial Services Union and the Fire Brigades Union.

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