Teachers and firefighters among workers joining strike action

Picket line outside the Civic Offices in Basingstoke

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PUBLIC sector employees in Basingstoke are taking part in a joint day of action today, joining an estimated one million workers walking out across the country.

Key local government services could be disrupted as members of some of the biggest unions including Unison, Unite and the GMB refuse to work in protest over pay, pensions and ongoing cuts.

The action has been hailed as the biggest strike over pay to hit the Government since it came to power in 2010, and among those walking out include home helps, school crossing patrols, refuse collectors, librarians, park attendants, council road safety officers, caretakers, cleaners, teachers, firefighters, civil servants and transport workers.

Several schools in The Gazette area are closed or partially closed as teachers join the strike.

Aldworth School, in Western Way, is partially closed because of the action, and is only open to Year 7 students, or Year 10 students taking mock exams.

Headteacher Denis McCabe wrote to parents to say: “I apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you and the disruption it will cause to your son or daughter’s education on this day.”

Staff from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council formed a picket line outside the Civic Offices this morning.

Firefighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue, who are members of the Fire Brigade Union, are also on strike between 10am and 7pm today.

The FBU has announced a series of strikes starting today and running through to July 21.

The service has reassured that emergency calls will be answered and responded to, but the level of response will be limited and may take longer than usual.

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11:07am Thu 10 Jul 14

laurence86 says...

All of the jobs mentioned above pay better than mine, I will happily swap with any of the individuals who feel that the public owes them more than they signed up for.
All of the jobs mentioned above pay better than mine, I will happily swap with any of the individuals who feel that the public owes them more than they signed up for. laurence86
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2:50pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Folkestone Saint says...

laurence86 wrote:
All of the jobs mentioned above pay better than mine, I will happily swap with any of the individuals who feel that the public owes them more than they signed up for.
Would you swap with my wife who is a matron, she was in charge of Orthopaedics, now it's Orthopaedics,surgery and trauma, she gets paid to work 35 hours a week but acually works 50+ most weeks, has just completed her masters in her own time, having already completed a degree in nursing so she can work, has to pay to register so she can work, also has to pay to park at the hospital even though she has to cover two other hospitals, she has not had a pay rise for 3 years (whilst the government have) and will have to work longer before she can retire of wich she didn't sign up for, also a freind of mine who is a fireman had to deal with the aftermath of the bombings in London, how would you cope with searching for corpses and body parts down in the underground in the dark, and do you think he and all the others who were there signed up for that?.
Sorry for the rant but some people just don't know what others have to do within their jobs/careers
[quote][p][bold]laurence86[/bold] wrote: All of the jobs mentioned above pay better than mine, I will happily swap with any of the individuals who feel that the public owes them more than they signed up for.[/p][/quote]Would you swap with my wife who is a matron, she was in charge of Orthopaedics, now it's Orthopaedics,surgery and trauma, she gets paid to work 35 hours a week but acually works 50+ most weeks, has just completed her masters in her own time, having already completed a degree in nursing so she can work, has to pay to register so she can work, also has to pay to park at the hospital even though she has to cover two other hospitals, she has not had a pay rise for 3 years (whilst the government have) and will have to work longer before she can retire of wich she didn't sign up for, also a freind of mine who is a fireman had to deal with the aftermath of the bombings in London, how would you cope with searching for corpses and body parts down in the underground in the dark, and do you think he and all the others who were there signed up for that?. Sorry for the rant but some people just don't know what others have to do within their jobs/careers Folkestone Saint
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2:10pm Wed 16 Jul 14

basingstoke26 says...

so folkestone saint, if you aren't happy in your job , you leave, and find one you do like , or that pays better , but don't strike and say you'r e hard done by.. what about the kids who miss out on education as the teachers fancy a day off ? it's down to individuals if they want to work long hours, if she's being pressurised, then cry off with stress ,enough do i know.. as for your fireman friend, i'm sure he was doing his best , but when he signed up, surely he knew one day he would be pulling a body of a child from a fire ? what about the people in civvy street who helped ? did they get any special help because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time ? bet they didn't go on strike ..bottom line is you know what you sign up for.. so it's down to the individual to make choices to walk away if they don't like it,,
so folkestone saint, if you aren't happy in your job , you leave, and find one you do like , or that pays better , but don't strike and say you'r e hard done by.. what about the kids who miss out on education as the teachers fancy a day off ? it's down to individuals if they want to work long hours, if she's being pressurised, then cry off with stress ,enough do i know.. as for your fireman friend, i'm sure he was doing his best , but when he signed up, surely he knew one day he would be pulling a body of a child from a fire ? what about the people in civvy street who helped ? did they get any special help because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time ? bet they didn't go on strike ..bottom line is you know what you sign up for.. so it's down to the individual to make choices to walk away if they don't like it,, basingstoke26
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