Public sector staff walk out over pensions

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MOST of Ilkeston’s schools were closed on Wednesday, with all of them affected in some way, when teachers and headteachers took part in industrial action.

Thousands of public sector workers walked out in a row over pensions on what unions said was the biggest day of strikes in decades.

Workers are upset that changes to pension schemes will see them working for longer, paying higher contributions and coming out with less.

The Government said the current deal was its best offer.

Derbyshire NHS said plans were in place to minimise disruption at the area’s hospitals.

Gail Walder, local urgent care network manager, said: “While we don’t know the exact numbers of NHS staff who might strike, all our patients can be assured that every possible action will be taken to ensure NHS services run as normal as possible in all areas, and emergency and essential services are maintained during industrial action.”

A spokesman for Erewash Borough Council told the Advertiser that they expected front desks at both Town Halls to be open and bin collections to happen as normal.

Broxtowe Borough Council said contingency plans were in place and Derbyshire County Council said essential services would be provided but customers may experience some delays and confirmed that Ilkeston Library was closed.