A second day of widespread disruption to schools, libraries, refuse collection and other council services was under way today in what union leaders hailed as the biggest industrial shutdown since the winter of discontent.
Some 400 schools have been forced to close across the region according to Unison as teaching assistants, catering staff, cleaners and caretakers failed to turn up - a similar number to yesterday.
Bins have been left uncollected and libraries and neighbourhood offices are also among centres unable to open.
In Birmingham, a total of 18 schools are closed, one less than yesterday as an estimated
Refuse collections have been completely cancelled in Walsall, Staffordshire, Telford and Coventry and only one collection service operated in Dudley, according to Unison.
Tony Rabaiotti, regional head of local government for the union said: “It is early to have accurate figures. We are just beginning to get the reports in from around the region.
“But we think the number of people who are out are about the same as yesterday. There were about 9,000 people on strike in Birmingham yesterday and we think a similar amount will be out today.”
Mr Rabaiotti claimed the strike, in protest against a 2.45 per cent pay offer which has been rejected by the union, had been a success and warned of possible further industrial action.
“It is the biggest industrial action since the so-called winter of discontent in 1979. There may well be further action. Our national people are meeting to discuss that next week. As we speak there are no further plans but all our figures will be collated from across the country and discussions will take place next week.”
List of schools closed in Birmingham today:
Brays Special School
Four Dwellings High School
Hallmoor Special School
Hunters Hill Technology College
Leigh JI & Nursery School
Longwill Primary School for Deaf Children
Oscott Manor Special School
Queensbury Secondary School
Springfield House Community Special School
Thornton Junior School
Ward End Primary School
Welford Primary School
Erdington Hall Primary School
George Dixon International School and Sixth Form Centre
Osborne Nursery School
Oval Primary School (The)