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Steria has set out its position over a pay dispute with staff revealing that it cannot add to its wages bill in the current economic climate.
The IT services company has run into a dispute with Unite and some of its workers have started a 24 hour walk out after strike action was voted for over a pay dispute.
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.
But in a statement Steria revealed that it cannot jeopardise jobs by adding more wage costs to its bottom line.
"Steria has carried out a comprehensive pay review awarding pay rises to our lower paid employees this year. We cannot add any further costs to our pay bill. At this time of increasing economic uncertainty our priority is to protect the job security of our employees. Steria does not believe that encouraging individuals to take strike action, where they will lose pay, is in anybody's interest," the company stated.