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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.


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
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'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.

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

Blackburn with Darwen Council - "tried and tested plans in place"

We have tried and tested plans in place to help make sure we are able to provide as many services possible during strike action.

Our priority is supporting the most vulnerable people in the community who rely on our services.”

– Harry Catherall, chief executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council
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