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One million public sector workers expected to strike

The Government is set to be hit by the biggest strike over pay since it came to power when over a million public sector workers walk out in a bitter dispute.

Lollipop men and women are among those public sector workers striking today. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Teachers, firefighters, civil servants and transport workers are among the workers downing tools and joining the picket lines over pay, pensions, jobs and spending cuts.

Trade union Unison will stage an early morning demonstration outside Parliament, one of hundreds of events across the country to mark the 24-hour walkout.

Read: One million public sector workers set to strike


Gove urges teachers to reconsider strike action

Michael Gove is urging teachers to reconsider taking part in a national strike on Thursday.

The Education Secretary is set to say those taking part in the walkout are putting their own pay and pensions ahead of children's education.

Education Secretary Michael Gove is urging teachers not to strike on Thursday.
Education Secretary Michael Gove is urging teachers not to strike on Thursday. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

In a speech to the Education Reform Summit in central London, Mr Gove is expected to stress that the Government's educational reforms are necessary, and that "our status quo" has not been good enough.

"We can't and we mustn't keep going backwards - and failing the poorest above all," he is due to say.

Read: Is your school affected by the strike action?



Union workers in show of strength strike action

A million public sector workers have been called out on strike tomorrow - in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Teachers, council workers, firefighters and NHS staff are among those who are angry about pay and pensions.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has more.

More: Poll: Britons split on public sector strike action

DfES - "No justification" for strike

There is no justification for further strikes.

"The unions asked for talks, we agreed to their request and talks are ongoing.

"Ministers have also met frequently with the unions and will continue to do so.

"Further strike action will only disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession."

– Department for Education and Skills

'One million' public sector workers to strike

Members of the Unite union will take part in strike action across England and Wales tomorrow. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Over a million public sector workers are set to take industrial action against the government in a series of rows over pay, pensions, jobs, conditions and spending cuts, according to union figures.

Local government and school staff members of Unite, Unison and GMB in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are taking strike action tomorrow over this year's pay offer.

Other groups involved in the action tomorrow are involved in long-running disputes with the coalition over a series of issues including pensions and privatisation.

More: Council and school workers to strike over pay


Unite - "Poverty pay must end"

Our members across the North West have endured four years of pay cuts in real terms and they have now voted overwhelmingly to strike tomorrow to drive home the message to ministers that ‘poverty pay’ in local government must end.

“The depth of feeling on the pay issue is reinforced by the fact that local government unions, GMB and Unison, and members of the National Union of Teachers are all taking action tomorrow.

“Poverty pay is widespread across local councils – household bills continue to soar, but our members’ buying power is constantly being eroded.

"The national minimum wage will soon overtake local government pay scales; members are choosing between heating and eating.

– Debbie Brannan, Unite regional officer

Lancashire - disruption "inevitable"

While it's difficult for us to tell what impact this will have on county council services and our schools, it is inevitable that there will be some disruption.

"We have well-established procedures to ensure that we will continue to provide services for vulnerable people across the county who need urgent support.

"Parents should check with schools to see how they will be affected, or visit the Lancashire County Council website for information about school closures."

– Lancashire County Council
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