SAFC charity rewards children for courses

Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.

Live updates

Advertisement

Newcastle strike march begins

Over 40,000 public-sector workers in the North East are striking in one of the biggest walk-outs the country has seen in years.

A march in Newcastle is now underway.

Striking in a dispute over pay and conditions Credit: ITV
Newcastle march Credit: ITV
The march is underway in Newcastle Credit: ITV
The biggest strike the country has seen in years Credit: ITV
National

Your view: Are teachers right to go on strike?

Public sector workers are striking today over a row on pay, conditions, pensions and spending cuts.

Here are some of the reactions from Twitter users on the industrial action.

70492f94f7bcd395059b0e98cc4f9191_normal

I'm with the strikers. No pay rise for years while ministers give themselves 11% + expenses? Unacceptable #strikeaction

3q7tkthz_normal

Hefty fines if kids aren't at school, yet teachers go on strike when they want? You're not the only ones struggling! #strikeaction #selfish

Image_normal

As a parent I would be happy if my children couldn't go to school, they are teaching kids to stand up for what's important #strikeaction

Read: Poll suggests Britons split on public sector strike action

National

David Cameron: 'Time has come' to tackle strike laws

David Cameron said the "time had come" to tighten strike laws and vowed to include this measure in the Conservative manifesto ahead of next year's General Election.

Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Halesowen College, West Midlands. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Read: 'One million' public sector workers set to strike

The Prime Minister attacked low turnouts in some ballots, pointing out that only 27% voted on whether to strike in a 2012 walkout.

During his weekly questions in the Commons, he said: "I don't think these strikes are right...I think people should turn up for work.

"I think the time has come for looking at setting thresholds in strike ballots... The (NUT) strike ballot took place in 2012, based on a 27% turnout.

"How can it possibly be right for our children's education to be disrupted by trade unions acting in that way? It is time to legislate and it will be in the Conservative manifesto."

Read: What schools are affected by strike action in your area?

Advertisement

Picketers dress in Victorian costume in Sunderland

Picketers in Sunderland Credit: ITV
Unison say the Government is 'hanging public sector workers out to dry' Credit: ITV

Picketers at Sunderland Civic Centre are dressed in Victorian costume. They say their members are having to take on several jobs and still need help from food banks. The costume represents a return to the era of the work house.

The picket line Credit: ITV

A washing line with photos of public sector workers pegged to it was strung across the civic centre court yard to represent workers being 'hung out to dry' by the Government.

Picketers at Sunderland Civic Centre dressed in Victorian costume Credit: ITV

Region braced for public-sector strike

Over 40,000 public-sector workers in the North East will go on strike tomorrow (Thursday 10th July) in one of the biggest walk-outs the country has seen in years.

More than 400 schools across the region will be affected, along with leisure centres and libraries. Many bin collections will be cancelled. Dan Ashby has the story.

You can find out which schools are affected here.

Load more updates