Schools hit by mass strike

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SCHOOLS could close across Derbyshire as teachers join a mass strike over public sector pension changes.

On Wednesday, November 30, millions of council, NHS and other workers nationwide will walk out in what has been described as the biggest strike for a generation.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said there was no indication yet of how many schools would be affected.

The National Union of Teachers is one of the latest unions to join the action, sparked by changes workers say will see them pay more contributions and receive less after working longer.

Derbyshire division secretary John Holmes said: “Teachers are determined that they will not accept these changes lying down.

“They will withdraw their services on November 30 with the result that many, if not most schools will be closed.”

Unison’s Derbyshire County branch represents almost 10,000 workers. It is expected the ‘vast majority’ will join the action with services, including care, affected, although cover for vulnerable people is being organised.

A march and rally organised by Chesterfield & District Trades Union Congress takes place in Chesterfield on the day.

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