WE want your views as the biggest strike for five years is set to cause cause huge disruption to schools, courts and travel today.
Hundreds of thousands of teachers, lecturers, civil servants and other workers will walk out for 24 hours in protest at controversial plans to change their pensions, cut jobs and freeze pay.
And we want your views on the strike, please leave your comments below.
Mark Serwotka, leader of the Public and Commercial Services union, said it was the most important strike in his union’s history, adding: “Everything we have ever worked for is under attack.”
The Prime Minister launched a fresh attack on the strike, while business leaders warned it will have a “significant impact” on industry.
David Cameron told MPs there was no case for industrial action and repeated that the proposed changes to public sector pensions were “fair”.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s question time, he said he hoped “as many mums and dads as possible” would be able to take their children to school despite the action.
“What we are proposing is fair. It is fair to taxpayers but it is also fair to the public sector because we want to continue strong public sector pensions,” he added.
He also attacked Labour leader Ed Miliband, who did not ask about the walkout, accusing him of being “in the pocket of the unions”.
The British Chambers of Commerce said disruption will lead to many parents taking the day off to look after their children, losing them pay and hitting productivity.
On the Fylde coast, all of Blackpool’s eight high schools will remain closed while many primary schools will open on a limited basis. Teachers are expected to gather at St John’s Square in the resort from 3.30pm to protest.
The Land Registry office in Warton has said it will remain open but there may be an impact on services.
Picket lines will be mounted outside school gates, courts, jobcentres, Parliament, driving test centres and Government buildings around the UK by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), University and College Union, and PCS.