Thousands of public sector workers from across the North East are taking part in a 24-hour strike today.
Like the last strike of this scale, it means hundreds of our schools will be closed or partially closed. The industrial action also affects town halls, libraries, Sure Start centres and many other council-run facilities.
The action is part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Nik Jones, from Wolsingham School and Community College in County Durham, is one of thousands of members of the National Union of Teachers taking part in the walkout. "It's largely about the conditions for me", he said.