Teachers and fire firefighters among workers staging strikes today across Hampshire and UK (From Daily Echo)
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Teachers and fire firefighters among workers staging strikes today across Hampshire and UK
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- Strikes being held across UK
- Scores of schools shut as teachers walk out
- Local government grinds to a halt
- Firefighters also staging protests
Tim Cutter, branch secretary for Hampshire UNISON
"We have two choices. We can accept that there is no alternative and put up with the cuts and pay freezes, or we can decide that there is an alternative and that is to fight back."
Gail Cartmail is an Assistant General Secretary (AGS) at the trade union Unite and also a member of the TUC Executive Committee and General Council.
She said the sun is "shining on the righteous " and she laid into Tory opposition leader Royston Smith for his"crocodile tears" over the Labour group's cuts to services.
She said: "We know where the blame lies - it's in Westminister . They're punishing all the working class and poorer communities."
Protests continue in Southampton.
Mass rally at Southampton Strike Rally #J10strike @unitetheunion #solidarity http://t.co/jHhVkvD6R6— @IanWoodland 10 July 2014
The striking teachers have now marched to Civic Centre blowing whistles, waving placards and chanting slogans. One said 2,6,7,8 we won't work 'til 68.
Outside the civic centre are about 500 members of striking public sector unions.
About 100 NUT Southampton members are gathering in Watts Park, picking up placards and banners and whistles as they prepare to join the main rally outside the civic centre.
NUT members are assembling in Watt Park ready to March to the Civic Centre for the main rally.
Protesters in Eastleigh
Strikers on the picket line outside Southampton Civic Centre.
Inside the usually busy Marsh Lane depot in Lymington it is pretty quiet with vans and rubbish trucks parked up.
@RowennaDavis At SCC picket line supporting #J10strike #solidarity http://t.co/teN22bI8SU— @IanWoodland 10 July 2014
Rally at 12.30 at the Civic Centre car park. Show this government we are worth more than 1%! #j10 #J10strike #unison— @SotonUnison 10 July 2014
Just two strikers are picketing New Forest and District Council offices. The staff car park looked mostly full.
One of them, Peter Jamieson, a building surveyor, said: "Well, not everyone is in the union.
"I am here over pay. The current pay offer is less than inflation."
Pickets at Southampton! #J10 #J10strike #Unison http://t.co/Bgx23QDELU— @SotonUnison 10 July 2014
Southampton Town Depot SCC picket line #J10strike #solidarity http://t.co/E5rV7FxuVD— @IanWoodland 10 July 2014
Here is a list of all the schools across our patch which are affected today:
Fire chiefs urged people to take extra care because of the walkout by members of the Fire Brigades Union in Wales and England between 10am and 7pm - the 15th round of industrial action in a long-running row over pensions and retirement age.
The action has been hailed as the biggest strike over pay to hit the Government since it came to power in 2010.
Home helps, lollipop men and women, refuse collectors, librarians, dinner ladies, parks attendants, council road safety officers, caretakers and cleaners are among those striking alongside teachers, firefighters, civil servants and transport workers.
Striking teachers will meet for a rally at 11.30am at Watts Park in Southampton before joining with public sector colleagues outside the Civic Centre. Pickets are also being staged outside council buildings across Hampshire.
Key local government services will be disrupted members of some of the biggest unions including Unison, unite and the GMB refuse to work in protest at pay, conditions and ongoing cuts to budgets.
Public sector employees in Hampshire are taking part in a joint day of action leading to an estimated one million workers walking out across the country.