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Teachers strike across the region

Thousands of teachers across our region who are taking strike action for a second time in under six months.

In Sheffield today, more than 600 members of the National Union of Teachers took to the streets over pay, pensions and conditions. Around 220 schools have been closed across North, South and West Yorkshire with hundreds more partially closed down.

Teachers say that one of the issues they're striking over is an increased workload, but the Schools Minister, David Laws MP, says the strikes aren't sensible.

Hundreds of schools close during teachers' strike

Second strike by teachers Credit: Calendar news

Hundreds of schools in the region will either close or partially close today as teachers take strike action for the second time in just under six months.

In Lincolnshire just six schools will fully close, whilst 63 will shut their doors in South Yorkshire and 11 in East Yorkshire as teachers strike over workloads, performance related pay and unfair pension changes.

Around 250 schools will close in West, South and North Yorkshire, with at least another 460 partially closing in a move which will affect thousands of pupils.


Firefighters on strike from 6pm

In the last few minutes firefighters across the region have walked out on strike. It started at 6 o'clock this evening and will last for four hours. There is another strike planned for the same time tomorrow.

The industrial action is due to an ongoing row over controversial plans to change firefighters' retirement age and pension contributions.

Burglars strike during fire walk-out

Burglars stole around £20,000 of specialised equipment from Slaithwaite fire station while fire fighters were on strike.

Police say the burglars broke in through a back door last Friday evening and used a crowbar or something similar to get in.

It is outrageous that these thieves would plunge so low as to target an essential life-saving service

– West Yorkshire Fire Authority leader, Clr Mehboob Khan

Huddersfield CID are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.


Glass workers to strike in Yorkshire

Ardagh workers to strike over pay offer Credit: Calendar news

Workers at the Ardagh Glass sites in Yorkshire will start a period of industrial action from today, after overwhelmingly rejecting a pay offer. The strikes and overtime bans follow a rejection of a 5.5 per cent two-year pay deal.

The workers at the sites in Barnsley, Doncaster and Knottingley voted by 78 per cent against the offer.

West Yorkshire hospital staff on strike

Leeds General Infirmary staff go on strike today

Blood-testing staff at three West Yorkshire hospitals will strike for 48 hours this week over patient safety.

Hospital pathologists, who test blood samples and monitor blood transfusions, will stage a walk-out at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, and Leeds and Bradford Infirmaries on Thursday and Friday.

It comes after a strike on July 16 over proposed changes to working patterns by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The country’s largest union, Unite, said the Trust's plans put staff and patient safety at risk and could mean significant pay cuts of up to £20,000 a year for workers.

Talks have been held to try to settle the dispute, which affects 140 staff, but union members say no progress has yet been made.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “We had offered to reconsider this week’s industrial action if the trust withdrew the threat to impose these shifts on our members, but...it has refused.

“We have a duty to fight such proposals and to bring this issue to the attention of the public," he added.

The strike will begin at 8.30am on Thursday and continue on Friday."

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