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VIDEO: Disruption across Doncaster as one million workers strike

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Parents and pupils are facing disruption as 92 schools in Doncaster confirmed they will be closed today as teachers protest as part of a massive public sector strike.

Doncaster Council has confirmed 68 schools and 24 academies will be closed or partially closed because of the strike action.

Dozens more are yet to inform Doncaster Council if they are planning to shut.

Teachers are protesting against workloads, pay and pensions cuts.

Thousands of other public sector workers are also planning to take action.

In total six unions – the National Union of Teachers, the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents civil servants, the Fire Brigades Union and three council unions – Unison, Unite and the GMB – will walk out on strike.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union said: “Teachers deeply regret having to take strike action. We are aware that this causes problems and disruption for parents and carers. However, despite months in talks with Government officials, the real issues of our dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service have not been addressed.”

Jo Moxon, assistant director for Children and Young People’s Services at Doncaster Council said: “The council is advising parents to speak directly to schools to establish if they will be open or closed. There will be updated information on the council’s website but we recommend speaking directly to schools as the preferable option.”

Union leaders claim the national walkout could be the biggest since the 1926 General Strike.

Firefighters in Doncaster are among those downing tools from 10am to 7pm today.

Fire chiefs said South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s emergency response service would be severely depleted.

Civil servants and local government staff are also walking out across the country over pay.

Visit www.doncaster.gov.uk for a list of school closures and more information.

 

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