Strike action took place at Warwickshire County Council’s offices at Warwick’s Shire Hall from 8.30am.

The council say 142 members of non-school staff are on strike today, out of 5,500 total employees (including the fire service).

Forty-one employees of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are on strike, including 33 firefighters.

All face to face service – One Stop Shops, Libraries and Registration Services – are operating as usual today with the exception of Dordon Community managed library, which has closed for the day.

Thirty-four of Stratford District Council’s 287 employees downed tools.

More than a million public sector workers across the UK are expected to strike over disputes with the government over pay, pensions, and cuts.

The GMB trade union and other unions are behind the strikes.

“GMB members have spoken loud and clear. They want a decent pay rise,” said National Secretary, Brian Strutton.

“GMB members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins, looking after the elderly, helping children in classrooms and in all the other vital roles serving our communities are fed up with being ignored and undervalued.

“Their pay has gone up only 1% since 2010 and in October even the national minimum wage will overtake local authority pay scales. Their case is reasonable, the employers won’t listen and don’t care, no wonder they have turned to strike action as the only way of making their voices heard.”