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Major strike expected to cause widespread disruption

A strike by thousands of teachers, refuse collectors, firefighters and other public sector works is expected to cause widespread disruption today across our region.

People striking over cuts earlier this year Credit: PA

Parents have been warned there will be school closures but the advice is to check with your local authority. Today's walkout is the largest one-day strike over pay by public sector workers since 2010.

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Jobs 'Carnage'

GMB the union has attacked the jobs "carnage" in the public sector after official figures showed a 381,000 reduction in the number of workers since the general election, with 27,000 positions lost in Yorkshire and Humberside alone.

The Government has been putting people out of work and the private sectorcannot make up for the jobs carnage.

– GMB general secretary Paul Kenny

The GMB said private firms were not able to make up for the losses in public organisations, warning that the cuts were damaging the UK's chances of economic recovery.

Part-Time York

York has the most part time workers in Yorkshire and the Humber. Over a quarter of people in employment in the city work on a part time basis.

The GMB union which commissioned the survey found that part time jobs tended to be more insecure and lower paid than full time work. Rotherham has the next highest rate of part time workers in our region.