Burnley workers join day of strike action

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Public sector workers across Burnley are due to walk out today in what union leaders have billed as the biggest strike in living memory.

Firefighters, teachers, school support staff, council workers, social workers and engineers, who are all members of UNISON, GMB, Unite, the National Union of Teachers, PCS, TUC and FBU are taking part in industrial action to protest about pay, pensions and working conditions.

Burnley Council said its leisure centres in Burnley and Padiham and Burnley Market will remain open for business and waste collections will continue as normal while the Contact Centre and town hall reception were set to close as union members formed picket lines outside.

Brunshaw, Heasandford, Springfield, St Peter’s, Whittlefield, Rosewood and St John’s Cliviger Primary Schools and Taywood Nursery School were closed for the day as teachers went on strike while Rockwood Nursery School, The Rose School and Unity College were also affected.

Helen Seechurn, the council’s director of resources, said: “This national industrial action will mean some disruption to services over a 24-hour period. However, the council will be back to normal the following working day.”

John Lewis, UNISON North West’s head of local government, said: “A decent pay rise for local government and school support staff is long overdue.”

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