Picket line outside Broadlands House, Newport, Isle of Wight. From left: Ginny Lloyd, Ian Dyer, Steve Gibbs, Jo West, Chris Simpkins and Tony Jones. Picture by Robin Crossley.
UNION members on the Isle of Wight backed a national budget day strike on Wednesday.
Public Communication and Services (PCS) union members picketed outside Broadlands House ahead of today’s budget announcement by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
PCS union representative Steve Gibbs said: "MPs want a 32% pay rise and to my mind have not had their pension payments affected.
"They get meals which are subsidised by the taxpayer by more than 70% in the House of Commons restaurants and they have been able to claim expenses on second homes, whilst my members have had their living standards, pensions and wages attacked.
"We supply essential services to the public, yet see thousands of jobs cuts, including the closing of tax offices. We have tried to negotiate with our employers who have refused to talk to us."