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Public sector strikes: your thoughts

Thousands of public sector workers across the North West will walk out in what unions claim is the biggest strike in living memory. Over a million people including council workers, teachers and firefighters are protesting in cuts to pay and pensions. You've been telling us what you think:

On Facebook Thomas Wallis says: "Does anyone have any sympathy for these people? We were told that my daughter's class was still ok to attend school in a letter last week and then a letter came home on Tuesday saying the whole school was closed. Thanks for the notice!!!"

Dawn L Foster told us, "I agree with the strikes because the MP's can afford to give themselves an 11% pay rise but can only afford to give people like Nurses, Teachers a 1% pay rise, its disgraceful."

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GMB: We are 'hoping to get the employers to negotiate'

Striking workers want their employers to enter back into negotiations over their "measly" pay rises with unions, a GMB representative told Good Morning Britain.

Regional Representative Joe Morgan was also critical of proposed changes to the number of votes needed before a strike could be held, saying if the same rules were applied to Parliament, "you wouldn't have one MP elected across the country."

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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.

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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. 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.


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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.

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