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Strikes hit city today

The Argus: Strikes hit city today Strikes hit city today

TODAY is the day public services across Sussex are expected to come to a standstill.

In Brighton and Hove, thousands of union members are set to parade through the city in what is expected to be the largest action of its kind in 30 years.

Pupils will be off today as multi-union strikes force the closure of almost 200 local primary and secondary schools.

Members of the National Union of Teachers, GMB, UNISON, UNITE, the Fire Brigades Union and the Public and Commercial Services Union are all expected to be involved over pay and pensions.

Protests in Brighton will centre at the Hollingdean Depot and Hove Town Hall at 10am before heading towards The Level for noon.

City centre traffic is predicted to be heavily affected and council services across the county are predicted to be affected or closed completely.

Pickets will also be taking place in a number of other work sites. Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, Conservative Group leader, is urging Brighton and Hove City Council bosses to do everything possible to minimise disruption.

He has written to the council’s chief executive Penny Thompson seeking reassurances that everything possible has been done to ensure that services continue to be delivered in spite of the strike action.

He called on trade union bosses to call off the strike at the last-minute – describing it as “blatant political sabre rattling” ahead of next year’s general election.

Holly Smith, shop steward at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “I’m going on strike because as a shop steward, the amount of members coming to us for help with personal debt issues and help in applying for welfare is shocking.

“Members working hard full-time should not be in a position where they need to rely on benefits to survive and feed their family.

For full coverage of the strike see www.theargus.co.uk and in The Argus tomorrow we will have a full round-up and reaction.

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7:29am Thu 10 Jul 14

hyram77 says...

It seems like these strikes have been happening for some time now and the government doesn't seem to be backing down......probably because the pensions and generous packages these workers have had in the past just can't be funded in the future. In order to keep these perks you ultimately work longer for less! Good luck and happy striking.
It seems like these strikes have been happening for some time now and the government doesn't seem to be backing down......probably because the pensions and generous packages these workers have had in the past just can't be funded in the future. In order to keep these perks you ultimately work longer for less! Good luck and happy striking. hyram77
  • Score: 0

7:34am Thu 10 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Most of strikes revolts demonstrations have been under the Tories and yet People still vote for them
Most of strikes revolts demonstrations have been under the Tories and yet People still vote for them chrismilo
  • Score: 1

7:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Civil servent do less work than anyone else yet are paid much better sack all the B@stards
Civil servent do less work than anyone else yet are paid much better sack all the B@stards chrismilo
  • Score: -8

8:12am Thu 10 Jul 14

peteb21 says...

chrismilo wrote:
Civil servent do less work than anyone else yet are paid much better sack all the B@stards
Er, the BHCC workers aren't civil servants.
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: Civil servent do less work than anyone else yet are paid much better sack all the B@stards[/p][/quote]Er, the BHCC workers aren't civil servants. peteb21
  • Score: 2

9:06am Thu 10 Jul 14

brightonyorkie says...

chrismilo wrote:
Civil servent do less work than anyone else yet are paid much better sack all the B@stards
But i bet they can spell!!
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: Civil servent do less work than anyone else yet are paid much better sack all the B@stards[/p][/quote]But i bet they can spell!! brightonyorkie
  • Score: 4

9:42am Thu 10 Jul 14

mohawk says...

hyram77 wrote:
It seems like these strikes have been happening for some time now and the government doesn't seem to be backing down......probably because the pensions and generous packages these workers have had in the past just can't be funded in the future. In order to keep these perks you ultimately work longer for less! Good luck and happy striking.
You do realise that public sector workers actually pay a fair amount into their pensions don`t you? I think it`s around 11% of their wages each year (i know it is for some anyway) Hence the reason for the good payout. If you paid that much into your own pension each month then you`ll have a nice one too. The government are halving the payouts at the end and have changed the law so they can do it to suit. Disgraceful really. Why should they work longer, pay in more and get less out? bearing in mind they`ve paid for their pensions themselves....
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: It seems like these strikes have been happening for some time now and the government doesn't seem to be backing down......probably because the pensions and generous packages these workers have had in the past just can't be funded in the future. In order to keep these perks you ultimately work longer for less! Good luck and happy striking.[/p][/quote]You do realise that public sector workers actually pay a fair amount into their pensions don`t you? I think it`s around 11% of their wages each year (i know it is for some anyway) Hence the reason for the good payout. If you paid that much into your own pension each month then you`ll have a nice one too. The government are halving the payouts at the end and have changed the law so they can do it to suit. Disgraceful really. Why should they work longer, pay in more and get less out? bearing in mind they`ve paid for their pensions themselves.... mohawk
  • Score: 1

9:51am Thu 10 Jul 14

hyram77 says...

mohawk wrote:
hyram77 wrote:
It seems like these strikes have been happening for some time now and the government doesn't seem to be backing down......probably because the pensions and generous packages these workers have had in the past just can't be funded in the future. In order to keep these perks you ultimately work longer for less! Good luck and happy striking.
You do realise that public sector workers actually pay a fair amount into their pensions don`t you? I think it`s around 11% of their wages each year (i know it is for some anyway) Hence the reason for the good payout. If you paid that much into your own pension each month then you`ll have a nice one too. The government are halving the payouts at the end and have changed the law so they can do it to suit. Disgraceful really. Why should they work longer, pay in more and get less out? bearing in mind they`ve paid for their pensions themselves....
Good point Mohawk. I only pay 8% of my annual salary into a pension equating to a £1000 per month. The illustrations of my pension income when I retire at 70 isn't fantastic either. This is in addition to private school fees, private healthcare, private dentistry and vast amounts of tax. Am I on strike, eh, NO!
[quote][p][bold]mohawk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: It seems like these strikes have been happening for some time now and the government doesn't seem to be backing down......probably because the pensions and generous packages these workers have had in the past just can't be funded in the future. In order to keep these perks you ultimately work longer for less! Good luck and happy striking.[/p][/quote]You do realise that public sector workers actually pay a fair amount into their pensions don`t you? I think it`s around 11% of their wages each year (i know it is for some anyway) Hence the reason for the good payout. If you paid that much into your own pension each month then you`ll have a nice one too. The government are halving the payouts at the end and have changed the law so they can do it to suit. Disgraceful really. Why should they work longer, pay in more and get less out? bearing in mind they`ve paid for their pensions themselves....[/p][/quote]Good point Mohawk. I only pay 8% of my annual salary into a pension equating to a £1000 per month. The illustrations of my pension income when I retire at 70 isn't fantastic either. This is in addition to private school fees, private healthcare, private dentistry and vast amounts of tax. Am I on strike, eh, NO! hyram77
  • Score: -4

4:14pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Jules boy says...

That's it block the bloody roads up now so those that do go to work today are late it somewhat inconvenienced by your selfish actions. Should you be dressing like that or is it mufti day?
That's it block the bloody roads up now so those that do go to work today are late it somewhat inconvenienced by your selfish actions. Should you be dressing like that or is it mufti day? Jules boy
  • Score: 2

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