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POLL: Do you think teachers and public sector workers are right to strike?

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

NUT teachers on strike

Has the strike affected you?

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Public sector strikes have hit schools and services around the UK today. People from several trade unions were expected to take part, including council staff, teachers, firefighters and civil servants.

The walk out is over disputes with the government about pay, pensions and cuts. Pay is thought to be the main factor, after public sector salaries were frozen in 2010 and a 1% cap on pay rises was introduced in 2012.

Picket lines are expected outside courts, council offices, job centres and fire stations across the country with thousands of children also missing classes due to school closures.

Unison boss Mr Prentis told BBC Breakfast workers had been left frustrated by pay freezes: "When Cameron brought in the two-year pay freeze, our local government workers, our members, had already had a one-year pay freeze.

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"So they've had a three-year pay freeze and then a 1% increase when inflation has gone up by something like 20%," he said.

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  • Fred-the-frib  |  July 11 2014, 5:08PM

    All workers public/private should be in the same pension/working conditions provision schemes, we're are all working for the same company really. We all pay into the same pot, that means we should all get the same rewards at the end of the day proportionate to a what we pay in. But I bet the public sector unions wouldn't go for that there would be nobody to bully around until they got what they wanted which is to be out in front of everyone else. What I mean by public sector includes politicians, civil servants all the way down to the cleaners and such in the public service area. I don't take for granted what trade unions have done for all working sections, I and everyone else who works for a living owes them big time. But as with most noble ideas human nature gets in the way. The only way to stop the bickering between the public and the private sector is for a united front to take on the powers that be to gain a better safer life for us all in the future.

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  • Abominate  |  July 11 2014, 7:51AM

    Fred-the-frib- of course they realise they are much better protected than the people in the private sector; except perhaps in the old days when miners, shipbuilders, steelworkers etc. had powerful unions to fight their corner. But why are they better protected? Because like the miners, shipbuilders and steelworkers, they were prepared to fight for better pay and conditions, which is just what they are doing now. I personally hope they bring down this government and the establishment generally; let's have revolution and replace this pseudo-democracy with real democracy and advance the fair society you (and I) long for through socialism. How the hell, in a democracy do a party that represents the interests of a small number of very rich people get elected anyway, when the vast majority of the electorate are ordinary working class?

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  • AS4-Kitchen  |  July 10 2014, 10:56PM

    To all those people having a go at unions in general over this strike, just ask yourself this. Do you think you would ever have paid holidays if it wasn't for the trade unions ????. If this government can afford a 5p tax cut for their millionaire friends, they can afford a decent pay rise for public workers.

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  • AS4-Kitchen  |  July 10 2014, 10:56PM

    To all those people having a go at unions in general over this strike, just ask yourself this. Do you think you would ever have paid holidays if it wasn't for the trade unions ????. If this government can afford a 5p tax cut for their millionaire friends, they can afford a decent pay rise for public workers.

  • shellseeker  |  July 10 2014, 10:41PM

    Hey Fred... I know we all have our views, and that is yours, but you would deny people the right to campaign to earn enough to live above the bread line and within the rate of inflation would you? They would never go on strike unless they absolutely had to. We all know it causes problems, but they are not being listened to any other way, and they have just as much right to strike for a fairer wage as you do to receive services from them......

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  • Fred-the-frib  |  July 10 2014, 7:31PM

    They keep on using the same old augment's about the cost of living etc they are having to cope with, without understanding that they are much better protected than the people in the private sector who have virtually no protection at all from bad working conditions and who will not retire on inflation protected pensions to see them through. In a fair society we should all have the same rights not just the mighty few in big powerful unions who don't give a fig for anyone else in the workplace as long as they get theirs.

  • ghosts  |  July 10 2014, 6:06PM

    I agree 100% with the strike.....why do so many of us just sit and take it.....this government wants to keep us all in our places.....do as we are told.....if you don't at least try to do something about it then you have no right to complain when it does affect you.....and the pension age increase will affect everybody in the future....

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