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Health workers vote to go on strike over pay

Health workers in Unite have voted to go on strike in a row with the Government over pay, the union announced today.

The GMB said its members in England and Northern Ireland had backed walkouts by 4-1, with 91% supporting other forms of industrial action.

The workers, who include ambulance drivers, paramedics and community nurses, will join NHS members from other unions in striking on October 13.

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Rail fare rise a 'kick in the teeth' for passengers

The RMT union, which campaigns for the railways to return to public ownership, has said that next year's fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers.

With the “flex” rule passengers are facing fare increases of up to 5.5% at a time when wages are stagnating. People will simply be priced off the railways while the greedy train operating companies are laughing all the way to the bank. This is a kick in the teeth for the millions of British people who use our trains ... With Northern Rail already axing off-peak tickets, with others set to follow, we are once again ratcheting up the highest rail fares in Europe to travel on some of the most clapped-out and overcrowded services ...

– Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary

GMB union: Energy inquiry 'bad for jobs in the UK'

A major competition inquiry into the 'Big Six' energy firms will be "bad for jobs in the UK, bad for investment and it will do nothing for consumers apart from maybe delay the relentless rise in energy bills until after an election", a union has warned.

The warning from GMB comes after SSE announced yesterday it will cut 500 jobs as part of a cost-cutting programme.

This is designed to kick the issue down the road until after the next election.

The country is in the midst of an energy crisis. Energy bills are going to keep going up. Households will struggle to pay their bills and British industry is losing competitiveness.

The market is being propped up by huge subsidies. Electricity wholesale prices across Europe are dropping. Desperately needed investment has been slashed.

– Gary Smith, GMB national secretary for energy

Schools minister: 'Teacher strike action 'unreasonable'

After thousands of teachers walked out on strike today - over pay, pensions and conditions - the schools minister David Laws says he is "disappointed" the action was taken.

Mr Laws described the strikes as "unreasonable" as "constructive" talks are continuing between Department for Education and unions.

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Schoolchild worried about strike's impact on her exams

A schoolchild has told ITV News the teachers' strike has affected her because she is "not getting enough education" ahead of her SATs exams.

Lauren Scobie said the walkout was both "good and bad" because teachers were "getting the attention" of Education Secretary Michael Gove but they were also adversely affecting her education.

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Striking teachers hold rally in Preston

Teachers on strike in Preston Credit: ITV Granada

Teachers have been holding a number of rallies across the North West as part of their industrial action, forcing the closure of many schools.

The NUT are boycotting classes as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pension cuts and working conditions.

Teachers on rally in Preston Credit: ITV Granada
Teachers on strike in Preston Credit: ITV Granada

Poll: 51% oppose teachers' walkout

Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A young boy in Liverpool's Mann Island holds aloft a flag in support for the strike. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.

The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).

Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.

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