Largest one-day strike over pay by public sector staff

A strike by thousands of teachers, refuse collectors, firefighters and other public sector works is expected to cause widespread disruption today across our region.

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Dispute rumbles on over industrial action

Thousands of council workers, teachers and firefighters from across the region have joined a day of action over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Libraries, museums and more than seven hundred schools have been closed or disrupted.

Unions claimed solid support for the strike but the government attacked them, arguing they are based on ballots with a low turnout.

Michael Billington reports:

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